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reason

noun (n)

  • a rational motive for a belief or action (noun.motive)
    Synonym: ground
    Example:
    The reason that war was declared.
    source: wordnet30
  • an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon (noun.communication)
    Example:
    The reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly.
    source: wordnet30
  • the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    We are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil.
    source: wordnet30
  • the state of having good sense and sound judgment (noun.state)
    Example:
    He had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions.
    source: wordnet30
  • a justification for something existing or happening (noun.communication)
    Synonym: cause, grounds
    Example:
    They had good reason to rejoice.
    source: wordnet30
  • a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    There is reason to believe he is lying.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: conclude, reason out
    Example:
    We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house.
    source: wordnet30
  • present reasons and arguments (verb.communication)
    Synonym: argue
    source: wordnet30
  • think logically (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    The children must learn to reason.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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