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Definitions of reason

  1. To exercise the faculty of reason; to infer conclusions from premises; to argue; to debate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To arrange and present the reasons for or against; to examine or discuss by arguments; to debate or discuss; as, I reasoned the matter with my friend. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To support with reasons, as a request. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To overcome or conquer by adducing reasons; - with down; as, to reason down a passion. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To find by logical processes; to explain or justify by reason or argument; - usually with out; as, to reason out the causes of the librations of the moon. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To persuade by argument; to prove or explain by means of the intellect; as, to reason out a solution. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To examine or discuss: to debate: to persuade by reasoning. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To discuse; persuade by reasoning. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To prove or influence by reasoning; argue; persuade or dissuade. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To exercise the power of thinking logically or drawing conclusions; to argue. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To exercise the faculty of reason: to deduce inferences from premises: to argue: to debate: (B.) to converse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To judge; debate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion; "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. think logically; "The children must learn to reason" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. To use the reason; give reasons; argue. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To examine or discuss; to persuade by reasoning. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To debate or discuss; to persuade by argument; to deduce inferences justly from premises. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. a rational motive for a belief or action; "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion; "there is reason to believe he is lying" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon; "the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. A thought or a consideration offered in support of a determination or an opinion; a just ground for a conclusion or an action; that which is offered or accepted as an explanation; the efficient cause of an occurrence or a phenomenon; a motive for an action or a determination; proof, more or less decisive, for an opinion or a conclusion; principle; efficient cause; final cause; ground of argument. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. The faculty or capacity of the human mind by which it is distinguished from the intelligence of the inferior animals; the higher as distinguished from the lower cognitive faculties, sense, imagination, and memory, and in contrast to the feelings and desires. Reason comprises conception, judgment, reasoning, and the intuitional faculty. Specifically, it is the intuitional faculty, or the faculty of first truths, as distinguished from the understanding, which is called the discursive or ratiocinative faculty. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Ratio; proportion. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To exercise the rational faculty; to deduce inferences from premises; to perform the process of deduction or of induction; to ratiocinate; to reach conclusions by a systematic comparison of facts. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Hence: To carry on a process of deduction or of induction, in order to convince or to confute; to formulate and set forth propositions and the inferences from them; to argue. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To converse; to compare opinions. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. The ability to form conclusions and know right from wrong; right judgment; intellect or thinking power; sanity or sane opinions; cause for opinion or act. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. That which supports or justifies an act, etc.: a motive: proof: excuse: cause: the faculty of the mind by which man draws conclusions, and determines right and truth: the exercise of reason: just view of things: right conduct: propriety: justice. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. REASONER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Intelligence; faculty of judging; motive; argument; ground; right conduct; justice. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. A proof, argument; motive; priciple. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. A cause or condition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Mind; intellect; rational condition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Reasonable conduct or speech. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. The cause, ground, principle or motive of anything said or done; efficient cause; final cause; the faculty of intelligence in man; specially the faculty by which we arrive at necessary truth; the exercise of reason; the premise, specially the minor, of an argument what is according to reason; right; justice; moderation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. That power or faculty in man which eminently distinguishes him from the other animals, and the possession of which enables him to deduce inferences from facts or propositions, and to distinguish good from evil, and truth from falsehood; a thought or a consideration as bearing on a question; cause; ground; motive; that which justifies or supports a determination, or a plan, &c.; final cause; end or object sought; justice; moderation; purpose; design. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for reason

  1. There is reason in all things. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  2. I told you just now Indians could reason – Red Men and White by Owen Wister
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