Definition of reasonably in English:

reasonably

adverb

  • 1In a sensible way.

    ‘he began to talk calmly and reasonably about his future’
    • ‘When he planned Spiral Jetty, Smithson assumed, reasonably enough, that the level of the Great Salt Lake was static.’
    • ‘Granted, it started off reasonably enough with Jakatta and Bent, but I've got both those tracks already.’
    • ‘Gavin Rae took his shooting opportunity reasonably enough, but Main somehow got a hand to the ball and pulled off a remarkable save.’
    • ‘Secondarily, Hamilton deals calmly and reasonably with questions of historicity.’
    • ‘The girl, reasonably enough, runs away from the whole stinking lot of them.’
    • ‘It starts reasonably enough, and then escalates slowly into something truly dreadful.’
    • ‘In it, I forcibly argued that high standards could only reasonably be maintained by cutting costs.’
    • ‘That has changed, reasonably enough, now that the cost of the war is known.’
    • ‘Hipparchus was critical of the grid defined by Eratosthenes, saying reasonably enough that it was chosen arbitrarily.’
    • ‘The Ciliophora are characterized, reasonably enough, by the presence of cilia.’
    • ‘The bed at the foot of the oak tree is currently planted with small shade-loving shrubs, reasonably enough.’
    • ‘The outside world sees them, reasonably enough, as a single unit, acting in concert.’
    1. 1.1 By sensible standards of judgement; justifiably.
      ‘a constable who reasonably believes a breach of the peace is about to take place’
      sentence adverb ‘it was assumed, reasonably enough, that the murder had taken place by the pond’
      • ‘On any view, that must involve questions of whether any distinction in treatment can be reasonably justified.’
      • ‘In all cases, the officer must reasonably believe that the person is wearing the item in question wholly or mainly to conceal his or her identity.’
      • ‘In fact, the only voice you might reasonably expect to rise in protest on your touching a painting or statue is that of your own conscience.’
      • ‘As a county employee, the e-mailer would reasonably worry about his or her future if identified.’
      • ‘He believed, reasonably enough, that the Journal would continue attacking him and others.’
      • ‘Could he reasonably have been expected to work within the system when the system was corrupt?’
      • ‘As long as calm heads prevail, it can be reasonably hoped that tangible progress will be made in the future.’
      • ‘If a constable reasonably apprehends that the action of any person may result in a breach of the peace it is his duty to prevent that action.’
      • ‘Ohio law says, if Deputy Evans reasonably feared for his life, the shooting is justified.’
      • ‘Nobody can reasonably expect any future Tigers to suddenly appear on the scene.’
      • ‘We can reasonably expect to know more in the future if we avoid the temptations of skepticism.’
      • ‘First, I think the standard of fiction can reasonably be said to be rising.’
      • ‘That too could reasonably have been expected to arise in the future.’
      • ‘Mr Kelson told the jury a person who is being attacked or believes he is about to be attacked is entitled to use such force as reasonably necessary to defend himself.’
      • ‘We implore you to acknowledge that the Department of Justice cannot reasonably be a party to such tyranny.’
      • ‘The mere fact, if it be a fact, that the constable reasonably thought that a breach of the peace was likely did not in my judgment justify the arrest of the bailiff.’
      • ‘More reasonably, there is an argument that treatment should only be limited to conditions that that will significantly shorten life.’
      • ‘You know what you want and you know how to reasonably get it.’
      • ‘However, expenditure in the future might reasonably have extended that useful life for a considerable period of time.’
      • ‘Suppose the police, reasonably believing a man has stolen some jewellery, follow him into his house in order to arrest him.’
      justifiably, justly, legitimately, rightly, properly, reasonably
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  • 2To a moderate or acceptable degree; fairly.

    as submodifier ‘she played the piano reasonably well’
    • ‘Money was scarce at the time and while the Harrisons were reasonably well off, the few pounds sent home by George were welcomed.’
    • ‘I was very ill indeed before and now I feel reasonably well.’
    • ‘But if it doesn't happen in the reasonably foreseeable future, there may come a time when it can no longer happen at all.’
    • ‘However, to take one cautious step in the direction of one crop, judged to be reasonably safe, seems sensible to me.’
    • ‘Or does it reflect a reasonably sensible estimate of where future value will be found?’
    • ‘For a rock 'n' roll manager it was actually reasonably sensible.’
    • ‘It was the first outing for Mayo in this year's Championship and the changes by the management seemed to work reasonably well.’
    • ‘Fiji's economy has recovered reasonably well, thanks mainly to the number of tourists now flocking back in droves.’
    • ‘As a result he got away from the starting light reasonably well, but then got boxed in at Old Hall corner and ended up in 26th place after the first lap.’
    • ‘I think I've been reasonably successful with different teams all along so I'd be hoping to put my own stamp on it.’
    • ‘This is a reasonably unlikely possibility, at least in the near future.’
    • ‘The average for the past three years was 67, and this was construed as an indication that the fox menace was now reasonably under control.’
    • ‘The bank remains reasonably upbeat about the Irish economy, but is taking a selective approach to its lending, here.’
    • ‘With a strong educational background, my future may look reasonably bright, but my present is feeling pretty lean.’
    • ‘That there is no peace can be seen in the violence in the West Bank and the threat of more to come, for all that the week ended reasonably calmly.’
    • ‘While no-one can predict the future it is reasonably safe to assume that this sort of incident will not occur again.’
    • ‘They come for the sun, the culture, the happy welcome - and simply to enjoy themselves in a reasonably peaceful environment.’
    • ‘It is only fair, it is only right, it is only reasonable and it is what a reasonably sensible person would expect.’
    • ‘In assessing the risks of acting on the basis of a reasonably arguable case, you will wish to take account of the ways in which the matter might be brought before a court.’
    • ‘Will the human lineage survive, reasonably happily, into the far distant future?’
    reasonably, passably, tolerably, satisfactorily, sufficiently, adequately, moderately, quite, rather, somewhat, relatively, comparatively
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    1. 2.1 Inexpensively.
      ‘ski wear which looks good and is reasonably priced’
      • ‘Bean bags are reasonably priced, or try walking around your neighbourhood and you may find furniture free for the taking.’
      • ‘In one block, you can take your pick of reasonably priced Russian, kosher Middle Eastern or Caribbean fare.’
      • ‘The gallery represents artists from both the Borders and further afield, and the works are all very reasonably priced.’
      • ‘Fortunately, they were all reasonably priced; this could get seriously expensive if you're not careful!’
      • ‘Services such as dry cleaning and ironing are speedy and reliable and very reasonably priced, but I made a couple of mistakes on room service.’
      • ‘Upstairs is increasingly being used for clubs and live band nights, and there is a reasonably priced restaurant adjoining the main bar.’
      • ‘They each have certain appealing aspects, and they are all reasonably priced.’
      • ‘It is reasonably priced in the context of what everything else costs this day.’
      • ‘It has fresh, attractively packaged, reasonably priced Barbadian flying fish, cou cou and all the rest.’
      • ‘A broader approach is needed to allow this group access to reasonably priced home ownership in the villages where they have always lived.’
      • ‘A reasonably priced sampler will give you the chance to savour and compare all of their fermented potables at a sitting.’
      • ‘Eating out in restaurants is all the more delightful because Portuguese wines are so good and so reasonably priced.’
      • ‘The wine list, which was priced a bit more reasonably than the food, helped to keep the conversation flowing.’
      • ‘Many of the articles and photographs will be of genuine interest to people from all parts of the region and it is reasonably priced.’
      • ‘An architect with 3 kids in the school volunteered to provide white paint for walls at a reasonably low price.’
      • ‘A reasonably priced meal is available and booking is not required.’
      • ‘All seemed to be reasonably priced and included tea or coffee.’
      • ‘Hiring a car is the best way to get around and, by American standards, reasonably priced.’
      • ‘The restaurant is reasonably priced for the high quality dining it offers.’
      • ‘The fare is predictable, well prepared and reasonably priced, and the service is speedy and helpful.’

Pronunciation

reasonably

/ˈriːznəbli/