Origin of reasoning
- the faculty or power of acquiring intellectual knowledge, either by direct understanding of first principles or by argument.
- the power of intelligent and dispassionate thought, or of conduct influenced by such thought.
- Kantianism.the faculty by which the ideas of pure reason are created.
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Origin of reason
Synonyms for reason
A similar charge of redundancy is made against the reason why, which is also a well-established idiom: The reason why the bill failed to pass was the defection of three key senators.
Related Words for reasoninginterpretation, premise, thinking, argument, analysis, acumen, proposition, hypothesis, rationale, inference, deduction, ratiocination, logistics, corollary, thought, case, reason, exposition, concluding, cogitation
Examples from the Web for reasoning
Contemporary Examples of reasoning
To his critics, he explained—sometimes at painful length—his reasoning against it.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
Following this line of reasoning to its logical conclusion, the way to achieve world peace is to give everyone atomic bombs.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
Gillespie finds true romance in reasoning, and he was intrigued.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
But when advocates like Maynard share their reasoning using more accurate language, Republicans are more prepared to listen.The Beautiful Newlywed Who Made the Right Change Its Mind on Physician-Assisted Death
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of reasoning
She was not a woman in the habit of reasoning, and had no conception of the difficulties in his way.Brave and Bold
There was no reasoning which could help him in the midst of that puzzle.Way of the Lawless
Crane agreed with this reasoning, and it was decided to give the two horses a home trial.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The few moments' reasoning brought him to the point where he did not feel hurt.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
This reasoning was of less avail than argument addressed to the general's fears.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Word Origin for reason
late 14c., "exercise of the power of reason; act or process of thinking logically;" also "an instance of this;" verbal noun from reason (v.).
early 14c., resunmen, "to question (someone)," also "to challenge," from Old French raisoner "speak, discuss; argue; address; speak to," from Late Latin rationare "to discourse," from ratio (see reason (n.)). Intransitive sense of "to think in a logical manner" is from 1590s; transitive sense of "employ reasoning (with someone)" is from 1847. Related: Reasoned; reasoning.
c.1200, "intellectual faculty that adopts actions to ends," also "statement in an argument, statement of explanation or justification," from Anglo-French resoun, Old French raison "course; matter; subject; language, speech; thought, opinion," from Latin rationem (nominative ratio) "reckoning, understanding, motive, cause," from ratus, past participle of reri "to reckon, think," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (cf. Old English rædan "to advise; see read (v.)).
Meaning "sanity; degree of intelligence that distinguishes men from brutes" is recorded from late 13c. Sense of "grounds for action, motive, cause of an event" is from c.1300. Middle English sense of "meaning, signification" (early 14c.) is in the phrase rhyme or reason. Phrase it stands to reason is from 1630s. Age of Reason "the Enlightenment" is first recorded 1794, as the title of Tom Paine's book.
see by reason of; in reason; it stands to reason; listen to reason; lose one's mind (reason); rhyme or reason; see reason; stand to reason; with reason.