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[uhn-ree-zuh n]
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  1. inability or unwillingness to think or act rationally, reasonably, or sensibly; irrationality.
  2. lack of reason or sanity; madness; confusion; disorder; chaos: a world torn by unreason.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to upset or disrupt the reason or sanity of: The devious plot soon unreasoned the general.
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Origin of unreason

First recorded in 1250–1300, unreason is from the Middle English word un-reson. See un-1, reason


[ree-zuh nd]
  1. based on reason: a carefully reasoned decision.
  2. containing reasons: a long, reasoned reply.
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Origin of reasoned

First recorded in 1675–85; reason + -ed2
Related formsrea·soned·ly, adverbun·rea·soned, adjectivewell-rea·soned, adjective
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Related Words for unreasoned

arbitrary, dear, excessive, exorbitant, extortionate, extreme, far-out, illegitimate, illogical, immoderate, improper, inordinate, intemperate, irrational, overmuch, peremptory, posh, senseless, steep, stiff

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Historical Examples of unreasoned

  • Varvilliers' unreasoned philosophy did not cover this point.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • What is wanted is reasoned consideration, not unreasoned condemnation.

  • This faith, often blind and unreasoned, is distinctly Western and modern.

  • Again, an unreasoned philosophy, even though true, carries no guarantee of its truth.

  • It was trying; but the contempt, the unreasoned contempt, the man's appearance provoked, made it easier to bear.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for unreasoned


  1. well thought-out or well presenteda reasoned explanation
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Derived Formsreasonedly, adverb


  1. irrationality or madness
  2. something that lacks or is contrary to reason
  3. lack of order; chaos
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  1. (tr) to deprive of reason
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