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Meaning & Definition of Reason in English

English

Reason

/rizən/

noun

1. A rational motive for a belief or action

  • "The reason that war was declared"
  • "The grounds for their declaration"
    synonym:
  • reason
  • ,
  • ground

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • reason

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • reason
  • ,
  • understanding
  • ,
  • intellect

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • rationality
  • ,
  • reason
  • ,
  • reasonableness

5. A justification for something existing or happening

  • "He had no cause to complain"
  • "They had good reason to rejoice"
    synonym:
  • cause
  • ,
  • reason
  • ,
  • grounds

6. A fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion

  • "There is reason to believe he is lying"
    synonym:
  • reason

verb

1. Decide by reasoning

  • Draw or come to a conclusion
  • "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"
    synonym:
  • reason
  • ,
  • reason out
  • ,
  • conclude

2. Present reasons and arguments

    synonym:
  • argue
  • ,
  • reason

3. Think logically

  • "The children must learn to reason"
    synonym:
  • reason

Examples of using

After thoroughly examining Mary, the doctor could find no physical reason for her condition, and concluded that the cause was psychosomatic.
I can't figure out the reason why Tom did it.
I have reason to think that we'll never see Tom again.