- 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.
Origin of reasonable
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Related Wordsright, honesty, authority, truth, law, integrity, prospect, trend, tendency, possibility, probability, restraint, fairness, calmness, patience, anticipation, odds, expectation, feasibility, chance
Examples from the Web for reasonableness
In 2009 he was so enthralled with his ability to see the reasonableness in conservatives that he ended up patronizing them.Obama Has Learned His Lesson About Compromise With Republicans
December 31, 2012
Especially after the oil crisis, “the watchword was reasonableness.”Space Shuttle Enterprise: Flashback to an Icon of ‘70s Design
July 18, 2012
At the same time, it highlights the challenge he faces as a candidate trying to run on reasonableness in a party of zealots.Romney’s Weird Abortion Gamble
June 24, 2011
Let's vote out every Washington leader who has ever betrayed symptoms of reasonableness and pragmatism.Give the People What They Want
Leslie H. Gelb
October 31, 2010
The real issue here is that reasonableness is a losing quality in legislative negotiations.Obama vs. MoveOn
July 8, 2009
He had been surely a reasonable man, and his reasonableness had led him to this hour.A Spirit in Prison
Above all things, I think I can say that with all reasonableness I have held to the truth.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
The reasonableness of our conduct, one further reflection may make clear.Hellenica
She had not the slightest doubts as to the reasonableness of this performance.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
He shall be taught the reasonableness of Christianity, and the nothingness of disbelief.My Ten Years' Imprisonment
- 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; averagereasonable weather
Word Origin and History for reasonableness
c.1300, "having sound judgment, sane, rational," from Old French raisonable, from Latin rationabilis, from ratio (see reason (n.)).
What the majority of people consider to be 'reasonable' is that about which there is agreement, if not among all, at least among a substantial number of people; 'reasonable' for most people, has nothing to do with reason, but with consensus. [Erich Fromm, "The Heart of Man," 1968]
Meaning "moderate in price" is recorded from 1660s. Related: Reasonably.
Idioms and Phrases with reasonableness
see beyond a (reasonable) doubt.