[ree-zuh-ning, reez-ning]
  1. the act or process of a person who reasons.
  2. the process of forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.
  3. the reasons, arguments, proofs, etc., resulting from this process.

Origin of reasoning

First recorded in 1325–75, reasoning is from the Middle English word resoninge. See reason, -ing2
Related formsrea·son·ing·ly, adverbhalf-rea·son·ing, adjectivenon·rea·son·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for reasonings'


  1. the act or process of drawing conclusions from facts, evidence, etc
  2. the arguments, proofs, etc, so adduced
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Word Origin and History for reasonings'



late 14c., "exercise of the power of reason; act or process of thinking logically;" also "an instance of this;" verbal noun from reason (v.).

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