- 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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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.
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Derived forms of reasonreasoner, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with with reason (1 of 2)
For a ground or cause, justifiably, as in He turned down their offer, but with reason—he didn't want to move his family to a big city. [c. 1600]
Idioms and Phrases with with reason (2 of 2)
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.