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Meaning of REASON

Pronunciation:  'reezun

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  1. [n]  the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
  2. [n]  a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion; "there is reason to believe he is lying"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"
  5. [n]  a rational motive for a belief or action; "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration"
  6. [n]  the state of having good sense and sound judgment; "his rationality may have been impaired"; "he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions"
  7. [v]  think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
  8. [v]  decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion; "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"
  9. [v]  present reasons and arguments

REASON is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: argue, cause, conclude, ground, grounds, intellect, rationality, reason out, reasonableness, understanding
 See Also: account, account, calculate, cerebrate, cipher, cogitate, compute, contraindication, cypher, deduce, deduct, defend, derive, explanation, expostulate, extrapolate, fact, faculty, feel, fend for, figure, find, gather, generalise, generalize, indication, induce, infer, justification, lay out, mental faculty, module, occasion, present, ratiocinate, rational motive, rationalise away, rationalize away, re-argue, reckon, represent, saneness, sanity, score, speculate, support, syllogise, syllogize, theorize, think, wherefore, why, work out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rea"son\, n. [OE. resoun, F. raison, fr. L. ratio (akin
    to Goth. rapj? number, account, garapjan to count, G. rede
    speech, reden to speak), fr. reri, ratus, to reckon, believe,
    think. Cf. {Arraign}, {Rate}, {Ratio}, {Ration}.]
    1. 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.
             I'll give him reasons for it.         --Shak.
             The reason of the motion of the balance in a wheel
             watch is by the motion of the next wheel. --Sir M.
             This reason did the ancient fathers render, why the
             church was called ``catholic.''       --Bp. Pearson.
             Virtue and vice are not arbitrary things; but there
             is a natural and eternal reason for that goodness
             and virtue, and against vice and wickedness.
    2. The faculty of 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.
             We have no other faculties of perceiving or knowing
             anything divine or human, but by our five senses and
             our reason.                           --P. Browne.
             In common and popular discourse, reason denotes that
             power by which we distinguish truth from falsehood,
             and right from wrong, and by which we are enabled to
             combine means for the attainment of particular ends.
             Reason is used sometimes to express the whole of
             those powers which elevate man above the brutes, and
             constitute his rational nature, more especially,
             perhaps, his intellectual powers; sometimes to
             express the power of deduction or argumentation.
             By the pure reason I mean the power by which we
             become possessed of principles.       --Coleridge.
             The sense perceives; the understanding, in its own
             peculiar operation, conceives; the reason, or
             rationalized understanding, comprehends.
    3. Due exercise of the reasoning faculty; accordance with, or
       that which is accordant with and ratified by, the mind
       rightly exercised; right intellectual judgment; clear and
       fair deductions from true principles; that which is
       dictated or supported by the common sense of mankind;
       right conduct; right; propriety; justice.
             I was promised, on a time, To have reason for my
             rhyme.                                --Spenser.
             But law in a free nation hath been ever public
             reason; the enacted reason of a parliament, which he
             denying to enact, denies to govern us by that which
             ought to be our law; interposing his own private
             reason, which to us is no law.        --Milton.
             The most probable way of bringing France to reason
             would be by the making an attempt on the Spanish
             West Indies.                          --Addison.
    4. (Math.) Ratio; proportion. [Obs.] --Barrow.
    {By reason of}, by means of; on account of; because of.
       ``Spain is thin sown of people, partly by reason of the
       sterility of the soil.'' --Bacon.
    {In reason},
    {In all reason}, in justice; with rational ground; in a right
             When anything is proved by as good arguments as a
             thing of that kind is capable of, we ought not, in
             reason, to doubt of its existence.    --Tillotson.
    {It is reason}, it is reasonable; it is right. [Obs.]
             Yet it were great reason, that those that have
             children should have greatest care of future times.
    Syn: Motive; argument; ground; consideration; principle;
         sake; account; object; purpose; design. See {Motive},
  2. \Rea"son\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reasoned}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Reasoning}.] [Cf. F. raisonner. See {Reason}, n.]
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
             Stand still, that I may reason with you, before the
             Lord, of all the righteous acts of the Lord. --1
                                                   Sam. xii. 7.
    3. To converse; to compare opinions. --Shak.
  3. \Rea"son\, v. t.
    1. 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.
             When they are clearly discovered, well digested, and
             well reasoned in every part, there is beauty in such
             a theory.                             --T. Burnet.
    2. To support with reasons, as a request. [R.] --Shak.
    3. To persuade by reasoning or argument; as, to reason one
       into a belief; to reason one out of his plan.
             Men that will not be reasoned into their senses.
    4. To overcome or conquer by adducing reasons; -- with down;
       as, to reason down a passion.
    5. To find by logical process; to explain or justify by
       reason or argument; -- usually with out; as, to reason out
       the causes of the librations of the moon.