- 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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Examples from the Web for reasonably
But what he did was reasonably brave and freighted with all the symbolism of which he was well aware.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
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And largely considered to have been, to those who can still remember, a successful and reasonably popular one.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
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“There will be flashbacks to that day, but I think it will be a reasonably abstract performance,” Berger said.The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera
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Leo and Jorge might reasonably have assumed that the matter had been put to bed.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
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And from that moment on, Sabrina knew things were going to be reasonably all right.How A Muslim Dad Reacted To His Daughter Coming Out
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So she sat on the edge of the bed and began to talk quietly, plainly, reasonably.
I am reasonably certain that I never shall have a letter to answer.
The fourth day was bright and clear, and the sea was reasonably calm.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
What, in fact, can we at all reasonably expect from a Halleck!Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
It may reasonably be asked if the tale is told, or if any MSS.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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- 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 reasonably
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 reasonably
see beyond a (reasonable) doubt.