Definition of listen to reason in US English:

listen to reason


  • Be persuaded to act sensibly.

    ‘the child is usually too emotionally overwrought to listen to reason’
    • ‘For the sake of Graham Rix, who is growing into this job after a difficult beginning, and his players, who have really warmed to their manager, you hope Romanov will now listen to reason.’
    • ‘First came the good news: the Prime Minister had listened to reason and postponed the local elections for a month.’
    • ‘I was in no state to listen to reason and we began to argue in the middle of the dancefloor.’
    • ‘You may think the influence of school will add another dimension to create a child who is self-controlled, listens to reason and generally presents very few problems.’
    • ‘I could so easily have been the thing responsible for pushing that girl over the edge, I was lucky, she took to me and was able to listen to reason.’
    • ‘No one listens to reason, everything is based on which way the winds of politics are blowing.’
    • ‘I realized that there was no way this guy was going to listen to reason, that nothing I could say was going to change his mind.’
    • ‘Mr. Roberts and his ilk may not listen to reason or polite discourse, but I'll bet they pay plenty of attention to the sound of falling ratings.’
    • ‘I should have listened to reason… to the quiet voice of experience warning me of the dangers inherent in my planned course of action.’
    • ‘It is not an argument that I accept, but I am ready to listen to reason.’