Synonyms of reason in English:

reason


See definition of reason

noun

1‘he cited a lack of funds as the main reason for his decision’

SYNONYMS

cause, grounds, ground, basis, rationale

motive, motivation, purpose, point, aim, intention, objective, goal, occasion, impetus, inducement, incentive

explanation, justification, case, argument, defence, apology, vindication, excuse, pretext, rationalization

warrant

the whys and wherefores

apologia

2‘a rising crescendo of postmodern voices today rail against reason and science’

SYNONYMS

rationality, logic, logical thought, scientific thinking, reasoning, thought, cognition

the mind, intellect, intelligence, intellectuality

nous

rare ratiocination

ANTONYMS

emotion, feeling

3‘he was afraid of losing his reason’

SYNONYMS

sanity, mind, mental faculties, mental health, soundness of mind

senses, wits

informal marbles

4‘he continues, against reason, to love the woman passionately’

SYNONYMS

good sense, good judgement, common sense, sense, judgement, understanding, wisdom, sagacity

reasonableness, moderation, propriety

practicality, practicability, advisability


verb

1‘such a child, left to himself, grows up unable to express himself and unable to reason’

SYNONYMS

think rationally, think logically, think straight, use one's mind, use one's common sense, use one's head, use one's brain, think things through, cogitate

intellectualize

informal put on one's thinking cap

rare cerebrate, ratiocinate, logicize

2‘Scott reasoned that if Annabel were having a heart attack, she wouldn't be able to talk on the telephone’

SYNONYMS

calculate, come to the conclusion, conclude, reckon, think, consider, be of the opinion, be of the view, judge, deduce, infer, surmise

North American informal figure

3‘she was growing too tired to reason it out’

SYNONYMS

work out, find an answer to, find an solution to, think through, come to a conclusion about, sort out, make sense of, get to the bottom of, puzzle out, solve

informal figure out

4‘her husband tried to reason with her, but she refused to listen’

SYNONYMS

talk round, bring round, win round, persuade, coax, prevail on, convince

show someone the error of their ways, make someone see the light


Phrases

    by reason of

      ‘those incapable of supporting themselves by reason of age, infirmity, or disease’

      SYNONYMS

      because of, on account of, as a result of, as a consequence of, owing to, due to, by virtue of, thanks to, through

    with reason

      ‘he was anxious, with reason, about his own political survival’

      SYNONYMS

      justifiably, justly, legitimately, rightly, properly, reasonably