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A cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event
“China is probably the main reason for the rising demand for coal.”
An explanation that frees one from fault or blame
“What reason could you possibly put forth for having committed such a heinous act?”
(mass noun) The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgements logically
“To be condemned for the colour or creed you were born with, really defies reason or sanity.”
One's sanity
“It addresses the audience by distracting its reason and arousing its emotion.”
What is right, practical, or possible; common sense
“His deep infatuation would cause him to behave in ways that defied reason.”
To use one's faculties for intellectualizing
“Such a child, left to himself, grows up unable to express himself and unable to reason.”
To form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information
“Scott reasoned that if Annabel were having a heart attack, she wouldn't be able to talk on the telephone.”
To state a logical assertion, or assertions, as part of an argument
“He tried to reason that the earth was flat, yet nobody would take him seriously.”
(reason something out) Find an answer to a problem by considering possible options
“Let's face this problem head on and try to reason it out.”
(reason with) To persuade with rational arguments
“Having to reason with a human and persuade her by the subterfuge of logic was exasperating.”
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