What does reasonable mean?

Definitions for reasonable
ˈri zə nə bəl, ˈriz nə-rea·son·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reasonable, sensibleadjective

    showing reason or sound judgment

    "a sensible choice"; "a sensible person"

  2. fair, fairish, reasonableadjective

    not excessive or extreme

    "a fairish income"; "reasonable prices"

  3. reasonable, saneadjective

    marked by sound judgment

    "sane nuclear policy"


  1. reasonableadjective

    Just; fair; agreeable to reason.

  2. reasonableadjective


  3. Etymology: resnable, from rationabilis, more at reason, -able.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reasonableadjective

    Etymology: raison, Fr.

    She perceived her only son lay hurt, and that his hurt was so deadly, as that already his life had lost use of the reasonable and almost sensible part. Philip Sidney.

    The parliament was dissolved, and gentlemen furnished with such forces, as were held sufficient to hold in bridle either the malice or rage of reasonable people. John Hayward.

    A law may be reasonable in itself, although a man does not allow it, or does not know the reason of the lawgivers. Jonathan Swift.

    Let all things be thought upon,
    That may with reasonable swiftness add
    More feathers to our wings. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    I could with reasonable good manner receive the salutation of her and of the princess Pamela, doing them yet no further reverence than one princess oweth to another. Philip Sidney.

    A good way distant from the nigra rupes, there are four several lands of reasonable quantity. George Abbot, Descr. of the World.

    Notwithstanding these defects, the English colonies maintained themselves in a reasonable good estate, as long as they retained their own ancient laws. John Davies, on Ireland.


  1. reasonable

    Reasonable, as an adjective, refers to having sound judgment, being fair and sensible in decisions and actions. It can also describe something as being moderate or within rational or acceptable limits. When describing people, it often implies that they are generally guided by logic and practicality rather than emotions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reasonablenoun

    having the faculty of reason; endued with reason; rational; as, a reasonable being

  2. Reasonablenoun

    governed by reason; being under the influence of reason; thinking, speaking, or acting rationally, or according to the dictates of reason; agreeable to reason; just; rational; as, the measure must satisfy all reasonable men

  3. Reasonablenoun

    not excessive or immoderate; within due limits; proper; as, a reasonable demand, amount, price

  4. Reasonableadverb

    reasonably; tolerably

Editors Contribution

  1. reasonable

    Created or governed by reason.

    The response is reasonable that optimum health is the priority for every person on the planet.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 29, 2020  

  2. reasonable

    The faculty of reason.

    The answer was reasonable and just.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reasonable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1782

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reasonable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1277

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reasonable' in Adjectives Frequency: #213

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reasonable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reasonable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of reasonable in a Sentence

  1. Eric Nelson:

    You have to look at it from the reasonable police officer standard. You have to take into account that officers are human beings, capable of making mistakes in highly stressful situations, in this case, the totality of the circumstances that were known to a reasonable police officer in the precise moment the force was used demonstrates that this was an authorized use of force, as unattractive as it may be. This is reasonable doubt.

  2. Sophocles:

    The ideal condition Would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct But since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.

  3. Georg W. Hegel:

    Whatever is reasonable is true, and whatever is true is reasonable.

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

  5. Tom Neltner:

    A chemical is not allowed in food unless there is a reasonable certainty it will cause no harm, we don’t think the FDA can say there is a reasonable certainty of no harm.

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