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A cause or explanation
“Her desire to help animals was the reason for her activism.”
A justification, typically for a wrongdoing
“What is the reason for you being late to work today?”
(mass noun) The mind's ability to rationalize and form logical judgements
“To believe that the world is flat is an assault against reason.”
One's sanity
“Consumed with rage and driven to madness, his reason would desert him.”
Common sense or practicality
“His deep infatuation would cause him to behave in ways that defied reason.”
To use one's faculties for intellectualizing
“He came from a dysfunctional background that stunted his ability to reason.”
To form judgements logically
“I would reason that one who is vertically challenged would be predisposed to being bad at basketball.”
To state a logical assertion, or assertions, as part of an argument
“She tried to reason that her loneliness was a consequence of putting her career first.”
(reason something out) To determine a solution by considering possible options
“Let's face this problem head on and try to reason it out.”
(reason with) To persuade with rational arguments
“I tried my best to reason with him, but he still wants to go ahead with his ridiculous idea.”
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