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Noun
A cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event
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“China is probably the main reason for the rising demand for coal.”
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A reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offense
“What reason could you possibly put forth for having committed such a heinous act?”
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(mass noun) The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments logically
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“To be condemned for the color or creed you were born with, really defies reason or sanity.”
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One's sanity
“It addresses the audience by distracting its reason and arousing its emotion.”
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Common sense, or what is generally right, practical, acceptable or possible
“His deep infatuation would cause him to behave in ways that defied reason.”
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The reason for which something or someone is used or suited for
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The cause or latent beginning of a feeling, process, or condition
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The object or goal of something
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A person or thing that has an uplifting influence on one's intellect, emotion or creativity
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An element or circumstance contributing to a result
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That which is morally correct, just, or honorable
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A person's moral or emotional nature or sense of identity
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The inference of particular instances by reference to a general law or principle
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Worthy of one's trust or confidence
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Something that makes a treatment inadvisable
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Evidence establishing a fact or the truth of a statement
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An individual rule as part of a system of law or religious doctrine
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The meaning or sense of something, typically a document or speech
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To use one's faculties for intellectualizing
“Such a child, left to himself, grows up unable to express himself and unable to reason.”
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To arrive at a judgment or opinion by reasoning
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“Scott reasoned that if Annabel were having a heart attack, she wouldn't be able to talk on the telephone.”
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To state a logical assertion, or assertions, as part of an argument
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“He tried to reason that the earth was flat, yet nobody would take him seriously.”
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(reason something out) To find an answer to a problem by considering possible options
“Let's face this problem head on and try to reason it out.”
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(reason with) To persuade with rational arguments
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“Having to reason with a human and persuade her by the subterfuge of logic was exasperating.”
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To suppose or consider to be the case without firm evidence
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To meditate, ponder, or think deeply about something
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To reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct
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To explain a previously unknown phenomenon
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To discuss (a subject), especially in a formal manner and with someone having an opposing view
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To represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking
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