Definition of reasonable in English:



  • 1(of a person) having sound judgment; fair and sensible.

    ‘no reasonable person could have objected’
    • ‘The problem, it seems, is that Morocco is eager to sell its image as a moderate, reasonable state within a sea of unreasonable countries.’
    • ‘Should a reasonable person be able to assume that law and ethics are the same?’
    • ‘It is saying that the only way in which we, as a group of reasonable people, were able to interpret the provision was in that way.’
    • ‘In that regard Bishop Ryan always came across as a moderate, reasonable and compassionate man who gave very deep consideration to his responses.’
    • ‘I think you can make really exciting, interesting television news that could become the medium of record for reasonable, moderate people.’
    • ‘He voted very conservatively, but he appeared to be a moderate, reasonable person because he was candid with the press and open.’
    • ‘He speaks with a heavy Yorkshire accent and he peppers his talk with ‘quite’ which makes him sound extremely reasonable.’
    • ‘Now, that sounds to me - and I think it will sound to any reasonable viewers and listeners - a pretty imperial statement.’
    • ‘And then it runs a reply from Wolfe - one that doesn't make him sound any more reasonable than the original article did.’
    • ‘It was a sensible, reasonable, rational group.’
    • ‘A government agency is starting to sound reasonable.’
    • ‘Self-control will help them appear strong, sensible, and reasonable rather than demanding, argumentative, or stubborn.’
    • ‘The assumption is that when we do these things we are failing: we should think before we act, be thoughtful and reasonable, and be able to put straightforward thoughts into words.’
    • ‘That's the only logical conclusion that a reasonable person can draw.’
    • ‘Even moderate and reasonable right-wingers benefit from a mass of angry people even further right.’
    • ‘They created a problem for Ms. Young, though, since they made me sound intelligent and reasonable.’
    • ‘The folks who pushed for the rule making are now saying, ‘Well, of course, we are very moderate and reasonable.’’
    • ‘This person is referred to in the Dutch press as being a moderate and reasonable politician!’
    • ‘The coverage cast Mankiw as a reasonable critic and a moderate.’
    • ‘I think the country is probably more moderate and reasonable in general than the atmosphere has become.’
    sensible, rational, open to reason, full of common sense, logical, fair, fair-minded, just, equitable, decent
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    1. 1.1Based on good sense.
      ‘it seems a reasonable enough request’
      ‘the guilt of a person on trial must be proved beyond reasonable doubt’
      • ‘A scheme member can expect the trustee to respect these wishes, particularly if they are reasonable and appropriate, and if they were updated after the marriage.’
      • ‘But the ends to which it aspires are neither moderate, nor reasonable, and it gives me a squirmy feeling to contemplate them.’
      • ‘Therefore, that which becomes customary is the most reasonable and appropriate course of action to be followed.’
      • ‘I do not believe it is moderate, or reasonable, or just to label all citizens of Israel as ‘soldiers’ and thus fair game for murder.’
      • ‘It is no longer essentially a matter of high seas freedom moderated by reasonable use, but one of legal obligation to protect the environment.’
      • ‘The only obligation required of her was a reasonable and appropriate one - to allow her girls to visit their father and have a relationship with him.’
      • ‘There were at all times appropriate, reasonable and obvious alternatives to the unacceptable behaviour he chose to adopt.’
      • ‘Peter is correct, in the sense that it's reasonable to discuss defense spending.’
      • ‘This might sound almost reasonable if it weren't for one small ‘but.’’
      • ‘I am satisfied that the steps taken by the police were appropriate and reasonable in the light of the information available to them.’
      • ‘It would not now be appropriate or reasonable to introduce such a requirement,’ he added.’
      • ‘It is reasonable and appropriate that rural interests insist they be given special attention in public policy formation and implementation.’
      • ‘‘It might sound reasonable but all it really says is, ‘we haven't the cash ’,’ said Flood.’
      • ‘Bravery also requires recognizing when standing up to these threats is reasonable and appropriate, and it requires acting on one's recognition.’
      • ‘I think it was a very reasonable and sensible solution.’
      • ‘Even that is limited by what is reasonable and appropriate.’
      • ‘Set behavioral rules but make sure they are few in number, reasonable and appropriate to the child's age and development.’
      • ‘What is appropriate and reasonable has to be assessed in individual circumstances.’
      • ‘The comments to the caregiver were neither fair, nor reasonable, nor moderate.’
      • ‘Today, the Prime Minister released his two options for Senate reform describing them as moderate and reasonable.’
    2. 1.2archaic (of a person or animal) able to think, understand, or form judgments by a logical process.
      ‘man is by nature reasonable’
      • ‘He says that because of the Aristotelian sense, he thinks he is "a reasonable animal".’
      • ‘Man is a reasonable animal, but he is reasonable in ways that even he cannot easily fathom.’
  • 2As much as is appropriate or fair; moderate.

    ‘a police officer may use reasonable force to gain entry’
    • ‘Over the years I've been able to put a reasonable amount away for when I get out.’
    • ‘What would you like to put forward as the appropriate reasonable number of hours?’
    • ‘Again, being able to make a reasonable deposit will help convince them you are serious and not a bad risk.’
    • ‘I was able to make some reasonable money from my sport for the first time.’
    • ‘They look good and we're in the process now of trying to scale up the capability of the manufacturers to be able to make enough of this so that we would be able to have a reasonable stockpile.’
    • ‘Whereas a rate of intervention that is appropriate or reasonable is unknown, there are no obvious clinical reasons for intervention rates to be higher in private than in public patients.’
    • ‘A family on a one hundred acre farm should be able to earn a reasonable family income from activities on the property.’
    • ‘The first stage is for the clinician to decide whether or not a ventilator-supported patient has a reasonable likelihood of being able to breathe on his or her own.’
    • ‘The highest burden of proof is enshrined within criminal proceedings and is based upon ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.’
    • ‘I can't wait till this is offered by more airlines; I'll gladly pay a reasonable fee to be able to get some work done on my flights.’
    • ‘Appropriate transformations resulted in reasonable approximations of the data to normality.’
    • ‘That decision reflects a reasonable economy of force, especially as the necessary points are clearly illustrated in the battle narratives.’
    • ‘He would be able to retire in reasonable comfort on that.’
    • ‘Classed as moderate requiring a reasonable level of fitness, it covers 53 km and is available from October this year to April.’
    • ‘It's thick stuff, and in a legal sense, it's enough to sow reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘People who can still pay attention to the road and judge speed and distance with reasonable accuracy may be able to give up driving in stages.’
    • ‘Well, I think there's enough reasonable doubt to fill a truck.’
    • ‘We have to convince a reasonable and appropriate proportion of people in society within different sectors within society.’
    • ‘Residents of the area should also be able to enjoy reasonable protection and safety for themselves and their property.’
    • ‘Despite gallant efforts by its board, management and staff and good public support, the airport has never been able to get a reasonable period of stability to prove itself.’
    within reason, practicable, sensible
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    1. 2.1Fairly good; average.
      ‘the carpet is in reasonable condition’
      • ‘The requirement is that the patient is terminally ill, has no hope of ever being able to live a reasonable life again and, in full knowledge of this situation, has asked a doctor to end his or her life.’
      • ‘He should be able to stay in reasonable shape while he wails for his fractured left ankle to heal.’
      • ‘At least Zimbabwe were able to make two reasonable innings scores.’
      • ‘Because he sounds like a reasonable candidate for that.’
      • ‘Those who were able to find a reasonable place to fish in the salt water found some nice Jew on the North Wall.’
      • ‘Have a reasonable life and be able to buy a nice tombstone.’
      • ‘I feel that if it were legalized then it would become a reasonable profession and not something to do to help keep a drug habit going.’
      • ‘We have to consider, not only the moral and legal justifications before it may be done but also whether it has a reasonable chance of success.’
      • ‘We had passed a turn point on our route, so I was able to take a reasonable cut toward the coast.’
      • ‘I still struggled with grip through the high-speed corners, as expected, but it's nice to be able to show a reasonable pace.’
      • ‘As someone who spent eight years doing drug research, I can tell you that we're not going to be able to even make reasonable guesses.’
      • ‘So today you've left the office only seconds after 5: 30, to give yourself a reasonable chance of success in this event.’
      • ‘That said, even though the car may not have been perfect today, it was raceable, and as a result, we were able to do a reasonable job.’
      • ‘Tell them that you will happily pay their full rate, plus the time they spent to assess the problem, if they give you a reasonable assessment and are able to fix the problem.’
      • ‘The legitimate authority and reasonable chance of success conditions look problematic, ruling out most wars of liberation and wars of heroic sacrifice.’
      • ‘I am not satisfied that the appellant has any reasonable chance of success if allowed to proceed with the appeal.’
      • ‘The criteria for a just war, as determined by the Church of England are that it is is waged by a proper authority, with correct intent and a reasonable chance of success.’
      • ‘All they are asking is for regular competitive games especially during the summer months, these competitions are structured in such a way that they can have a reasonable chance of success.’
      • ‘The river is generally slow and sluggish, the only reasonable chance of success being with a spinner to give the lure some life.’
      • ‘So it is worth doing only if we have a reasonable chance of success.’
      fairly good, acceptable, satisfactory, average, adequate, respectable, fair, decent, all right, not bad, tolerable, passable
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    2. 2.2(of a price or product) not too expensive.
      ‘a restaurant serving excellent food at reasonable prices’
      ‘they are lovely shoes and very reasonable’
      • ‘Our mission is to provide the surfing public with high quality, unique products at a reasonable price.’
      • ‘Collectively, we have managed to deliver expensive fish at a reasonable price while at the same time generating significant revenues for stakeholders.’
      • ‘The 22-year-old company's basic principle is to develop new, simple products at reasonable prices by making the best use of the materials.’
      • ‘Export subsidies help to provide them with a supply of products at reasonable prices and do much to alleviate food shortages.’
      • ‘Thus the moment is right for U.S. exporters who can provide a reliable supply of high-quality organic products at a reasonable price.’
      • ‘Enterprises must compete with operators and owners to provide the best quality products and services at reasonable prices.’
      • ‘It's a shame that these companies don't realise that, at the end of the day, consumers just want quality products at reasonable prices.’
      • ‘Consumers are prepared to pay a reasonable price for food products, provided these are safe and produced to a high standard.’
      • ‘Filling a void in the marketplace for quality products at reasonable prices, the Smith Brothers name has grown to be a very trusted name in the Western Industry.’
      • ‘With reasonable prices and fine quality, his company's egg products sold well in American and European markets which bought him substantial profits.’
      • ‘It's a reasonable price for the product.’
      • ‘Pressure will be maintained on the Commission to manage the dairy market, internally and externally, in a way that allows a reasonable price return to producers.’
      • ‘These services include excellent products, reasonable prices, and astronomical shipping fees.’
      • ‘Consumers want consistent high quality products at a reasonable price.’
      • ‘Contacting a local ghillie was easy and for a reasonable fee we were able to arrange for her to spend a day on the river trying to catch one of these leviathans.’
      • ‘He said he was saddened that instead of supporting farmers by buying their produce at a reasonable price, some traders and millers had decided to exploit them.’
      • ‘Mr Baker said the apartments would be set at reasonable prices and the most expensive penthouse would be about £250,000.’
      • ‘You'll need to get your rest, and since Kent isn't exactly a top tourist destination, you should be able to find something reasonable.’
      • ‘Although not free, the license price is reasonable compared to other products.’
      • ‘At the farmers' market in the Lismore Showground on Saturday mornings there is a wonderful selection of fresh produce at very reasonable prices.’
      inexpensive, moderate, low, low-cost, low-priced, modest, within one's means, economical, cheap, budget, bargain
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Middle English: from Old French raisonable, suggested by Latin rationabilis rational from ratio (see reason).