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- n. A fictional person used as a comparative legal standard to represent an average member of society and how he or she would behave or think, especially in determining negligence; sometimes formulated as "a person of ordinary prudence exercising due care in like circumstances."
- n. Used other than as an idiom: see reasonable, person.
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'My natural modesty will not permit me, like other apologists, to Vindicate myself in any one particular, the whole charge is so artfully drawn up, that no reasonable person would ever think the better of me, should I justify myself' till doomsday. '
Gold had expected the planning of the wedding to go incredibly smoothly—Lantar had insisted on being involved both as the father of the groom and as a representative of the Klingons but he was an experienced diplomat, Rachel was an exceedingly reasonable person who had conducted hundreds of weddings in her day, and Khor and Esther were two young people very much in love.
"Well, here's this big, long report with all this crap about this proposed development-all the nuts and bolts about lighting and sewer and paving and so on-just like they designed it around existing knowledge of everything any reasonable person would want to know about the area, geologically speaking.