Definition of unreasonable in English:



  • 1Not guided by or based on good sense.

    ‘she knew she was being unreasonable, but she resented his domesticity’
    • ‘That recommendation could not be dismissed, and was not attacked, as unreasonable or illogical.’
    • ‘Some citizens took the not unreasonable view that something had gone a bit askew if only naughty people were carrying arms.’
    • ‘It was held that the conduct of the Secretary of State was so unreasonable as to verge on the irrational and absurd.’
    • ‘The couple were married for six years, but she is in the process of divorcing him on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.’
    • ‘So you think that it's unreasonable for them to have come to that conclusion?’
    • ‘How else would I be able to argue that the only response that would be unreasonable would be atomic war…?’
    • ‘It is not just unreasonable to be biased in our own favour, it is also naïve.’
    • ‘Either they buy too much, with the selfish aim of making themselves rich, or they sell too soon in an unreasonable panic.’
    • ‘Coun Sheila Bailey has also accused the council of being unreasonable.’
    • ‘He felt that the young men were being unreasonable and threatening.’
    • ‘Historians have described Hooke as a difficult and unreasonable man but in many ways this is a harsh judgement.’
    • ‘Of course, there are those that would be displeased no matter what he does secondary to their unreasonable bias.’
    • ‘This may not seem unreasonable until one discovers that Hope patients are taken elsewhere for this type of surgery.’
    • ‘It is not an unreasonable question from the community's point of view to ask again: to whom are you accountable?’
    • ‘There's no-one in the mix who is likely to take an unreasonable stand.’
    • ‘He explained that if he were to set unreasonable prices, people would simply shop elsewhere.’
    • ‘It is not to the point that the appellant was unco-operative or even unreasonable.’
    • ‘They will need to be bold, and not a little brutal, even unreasonable in the short term, to break the log jam.’
    • ‘The second issue is whether the decision was irrational or Wednesbury unreasonable.’
    • ‘It excused irrational and unreasonable behaviour, allowed people to shirk their duties.’
    uncooperative, obstructive, unhelpful, disobliging, unaccommodating, troublesome, awkward, contrary, difficult, tiresome, annoying, vexatious
    unacceptable, preposterous, outrageous, ludicrous, absurd, senseless, nonsensical, irrational, illogical
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    1. 1.1 Beyond the limits of acceptability or fairness.
      ‘an unreasonable request’
      • ‘Mr Trembath claimed it was unreasonable to charge for the privilege of mooring there, when it was only for a short period of time.’
      • ‘Lee's demands for these payments were unreasonable and contrary to the contract.’
      • ‘On the contrary, he suggests they often have unreasonable demands and are now taking the health service for granted.’
      • ‘There is no limit to the punishment except that it must not be unreasonable.’
      • ‘Many employers now have shareholders who are demanding very unreasonable rates of return.’
      • ‘Mrs Craven, 61, said she had not been unreasonable in refusing access so far.’
      • ‘The relocation will not cause him undue hardship and nor is it unreasonable to expect him to relocate.’
      • ‘In contrast, an unreasonable delay will be a violation if it is due mainly to the actions of the state.’
      • ‘In a strong defence of his position, he said that nobody had the right to say unreasonable things about him.’
      • ‘They took up a disproportionate amount of teachers' time and caused unreasonable stress.’
      • ‘Not only have the prices gone up but also some patrons believe they were ushered out at an unreasonable hour.’
      • ‘It seems a tad unreasonable to sue your customer base and then expect them to buy poor quality music to fix the situation.’
      • ‘Householders will only be prosecuted in extreme cases for using excessive unreasonable force.’
      • ‘He said industry guidelines indicated doctors who agreed to prepare a report must do so without unreasonable delay.’
      • ‘We have to make sure we get it right and given the size of the contract it is not unreasonable.’
      • ‘I ask to move it to another date - not an unreasonable request, I'd have thought.’
      • ‘It is not unreasonable to give the defense the time they need to examine this evidence.’
      • ‘I don't think it's unreasonable to ask the Government to test the confidence of the House.’
      • ‘There was nothing unreasonable about his request that the government should at least sound out the British.’
      • ‘I think asking Mr Peters to live by his own standard is not an unreasonable request.’
      excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extreme, over the limit, exaggerated, extravagant, overblown, overripe, too much, needless, disproportionate, undue, unwarranted, uncalled for, unnecessary, going too far
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