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[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.
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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
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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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