Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of reasoning; rational: a reasonable person.
  • adj. Governed by or being in accordance with reason or sound thinking: a reasonable solution to the problem.
  • adj. Being within the bounds of common sense: arrive home at a reasonable hour.
  • adj. Not excessive or extreme; fair: reasonable prices.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Just; fair; agreeable to reason.
  • adj. Not expensive; fairly priced.
  • adj. Satisfactory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the faculty of reason; endued with reason; rational.
  • adj. Governed by reason; being under the influence of reason; thinking, speaking or acting rationally, or according to the dictates of reason; agreeable to reason; just; rational.
  • adj. Not excessive or immoderate; within due limits; proper.
  • adv. Reasonably; tolerably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the faculty of reason; endowed with reason; rational, as opposed to brute.
  • Characterized by the use of reason; amenable to reason or sound sense; not senseless, foolish, or extravagant in thought or action.
  • Conformable to or required by reason; due to or resulting from good judgment; rationally sound, sensible, natural, etc.
  • Not exceeding the bounds of reason or common sense; moderate; tolerable.
  • Moderate in amount or price; not high or dear: as, reasonable charges or prices; reasonable goods.
  • In law, befitting a person of reason or sound sense; such as a prudent man would exercise or act upon in his own affairs: as, reasonable care; reasonable diligence; reasonable cause.
  • Calculable; computable; hence, detailed; itemized.
  • Talkative; ready in conversation.
  • Synonyms Rational, Reasonable. See rational.
  • Reasonably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by sound judgment
  • adj. showing reason or sound judgment
  • adj. not excessive or extreme

Etymologies

Old French resnable, from Late Latin rationabilis, more at reason, -able. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The conversation at first consisted of mutual declarations of disposition to reasonable accommodations, but I suppose each party had its own ideas of what should be meant by _reasonable_.

    Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • In case you're wondering, according to the bill, "The term 'reasonable profit' means the amount determined by the Reasonable Profits Board to be a reasonable profit on the sale."

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  • They have no concept of what the term reasonable means.

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  • Troy Davis' case will be used in law school as the textbook definition of the phrase "reasonable doubt," yet it was somehow beyond our collective will to spare his life.

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  • The analysts credited what they called a "reasonable" valuation and stronger signs in the home-improvement sector.

    Stocks Hold On for Gain

  • GOP leaders say Democrats are sabotaging the deal while planning to blame Republicans by refusing to accept what they call reasonable funding ideas, such as an increase in Medicare premiums for some wealthy beneficiaries.

    Talks Bog Down on Extending Payroll-Tax Cut

  • In March, the company disclosed an estimated $3.4 billion for what it calls "reasonable" and "upper end" legal losses from the pending cases—or just about under half of the company's net income in 2010.

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  • And those weak links are what we call reasonable doubt.

    CNN Transcript May 13, 2009

  • LAWRENCE: And that balance, according to the president, credit card companies are able to make what he called reasonable profit, and consumers don't end up in a bad situation -- Wolf.

    CNN Transcript Apr 23, 2009

  • Despite lowering his forecast, he kept a buy recommendation on the stock, citing what he called reasonable valuation.

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