agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical: a reasonable choice for chairman.
not exceeding the limit prescribed by reason; not excessive: reasonable terms.
moderate, especially in price; not expensive: The coat was reasonable but not cheap.
endowed with reason.
capable of rational behavior, decision, etc.
- rea·son·a·ble·ness, rea·son·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- rea·son·a·bly, adverb
- half-rea·son·a·ble, adjective
- half-rea·son·a·bly, adverb
- non·rea·son·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·rea·son·a·ble, adjective
- non·rea·son·a·ble·ness, noun
- non·rea·son·a·bly, adverb
- qua·si-rea·son·a·ble, adjective
- qua·si-rea·son·a·bly, adverb
- rational, reasonable (see synonym study at the current entry)
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How to use reasonable in a sentence
Pay attention to what’s happening and make reasonable adjustments based on your personal experience.
After years of hearings, and by my unofficial count, five short-term vacation rental proposals, we finally have an opportunity to pass reasonable regulations that deliver 90 percent of what both sides are looking for.There’s a Vacation Rental Compromise on the Table — Take it | Matt Gardner | September 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
She doesn’t recall whether her payments or interest rate dropped as a result but said she found the $130 bimonthly payments on her most recent $6,000 loan reasonable.The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic | by Kiah Collier, Ren Larson and Perla Trevizo | August 31, 2020 | ProPublica
It feels to me that a reasonable person looking at the situation will say the thing has only gotten worse.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 31, 2020 | Ozy
Both will fit groceries from a reasonable Costco run or one to two human passengers, not including the pilot.Do You Want to Buy an E-Cargo Bike? Read This First. | Joe Lindsey | August 30, 2020 | Outside Online
Again, the reasoning sounds, well, reasonable, and is sourced to a respectable organization, the Samaritans.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The advisor would cite reasonable-sounding sources like haltabuse.org and the FBI.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Expectations, reasonable or unrealistic, remain so even if we impose them on ourselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Going at a reasonable clip, my husband and I travel the trails and side roads near our house.
But these must be proven under a signed and sworn statement and judged reasonable by the DOH.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic | Dale Eisinger | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That it is a reasonable and proper thing to ask our statesmen and politicians: what is going to happen to the world?The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Few people, I think, realize that, and fewer still realize the reasonable consequences of that.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
It is something which takes side in the child's breast with the reasonable governor and the laws which he or she administers.Children's Ways | James Sully
The charges in general are quite reasonable, though I have paid one or two absurd bills.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
But these were to him things so obvious that he could not conceive any reasonable person doubting them.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for reasonable
showing reason or sound judgment
having the ability to reason
having modest or moderate expectations; not making unfair demands
moderate in price; not expensive
fair; average: reasonable weather
- reasonably, adverb
- reasonableness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with reasonable
see beyond a (reasonable) doubt.
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