What does reasoning mean?

Definitions for reasoning
ˈri zə nɪŋ, ˈriz nɪŋrea·son·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word reasoning.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reasoning, logical thinking, abstract thoughtadjective

    thinking that is coherent and logical

  2. intelligent, reasoning(a), thinking(a)adjective

    endowed with the capacity to reason

Wiktionary

  1. reasoningnoun

    Action of the verb to reason.

  2. reasoningnoun

    The deduction of inferences or interpretations from premises; abstract thought; ratiocination.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reasoningnoun

    Argument.

    Etymology: from reason.

    Those who would make use of solid arguments and strong reasonings to a reader of so delicate a turn, would be like that foolish people, who worshiped a fly, and sacrified an ox to it. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 32.

Wikipedia

  1. reasoning

    Reason is the capacity of consciously applying logic by drawing conclusions from new or existing information, with the aim of seeking the truth. It is closely associated with such characteristically human activities as philosophy, science, language, mathematics, and art, and is normally considered to be a distinguishing ability possessed by humans. Reason is sometimes referred to as rationality.Reasoning is associated with the acts of thinking and cognition, and involves the use of one's intellect. The field of logic studies the ways in which humans can use formal reasoning to produce logically valid arguments. Reasoning may be subdivided into forms of logical reasoning, such as deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and abductive reasoning. Aristotle drew a distinction between logical discursive reasoning (reason proper), and intuitive reasoning, in which the reasoning process through intuition—however valid—may tend toward the personal and the subjectively opaque. In some social and political settings logical and intuitive modes of reasoning may clash, while in other contexts intuition and formal reason are seen as complementary rather than adversarial. For example, in mathematics, intuition is often necessary for the creative processes involved with arriving at a formal proof, arguably the most difficult of formal reasoning tasks. Reasoning, like habit or intuition, is one of the ways by which thinking moves from one idea to a related idea. For example, reasoning is the means by which rational individuals understand sensory information from their environments, or conceptualize abstract dichotomies such as cause and effect, truth and falsehood, or ideas regarding notions of good or evil. Reasoning, as a part of executive decision making, is also closely identified with the ability to self-consciously change, in terms of goals, beliefs, attitudes, traditions, and institutions, and therefore with the capacity for freedom and self-determination.In contrast to the use of "reason" as an abstract noun, a reason is a consideration given which either explains or justifies events, phenomena, or behavior. Reasons justify decisions, reasons support explanations of natural phenomena; reasons can be given to explain the actions (conduct) of individuals. Using reason, or reasoning, can also be described more plainly as providing good, or the best, reasons. For example, when evaluating a moral decision, "morality is, at the very least, the effort to guide one's conduct by reason—that is, doing what there are the best reasons for doing—while giving equal [and impartial] weight to the interests of all those affected by what one does."Psychologists and cognitive scientists have attempted to study and explain how people reason, e.g. which cognitive and neural processes are engaged, and how cultural factors affect the inferences that people draw. The field of automated reasoning studies how reasoning may or may not be modeled computationally. Animal psychology considers the question of whether animals other than humans can reason.

ChatGPT

  1. reasoning

    Reasoning is the cognitive process of looking for reasons, beliefs, conclusions, actions or feelings to support a particular argument or claim. It involves the abilities to create an argument, draw inferences, make predictions, or use information to solve problems. This mental process is often associated with thinking, cognition, and intellect, aimed at reaching a decision or understanding based on logical or deductive principles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reasoning

    of Reason

  2. Reasoningnoun

    the act or process of adducing a reason or reasons; manner of presenting one's reasons

  3. Reasoningnoun

    that which is offered in argument; proofs or reasons when arranged and developed; course of argument

Editors Contribution

  1. reasoning

    The act, fact and natural quality of practical and logical reason

    Reasoning is important for human beings.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reasoning' in Nouns Frequency: #3005

How to pronounce reasoning?

How to say reasoning in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reasoning in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reasoning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of reasoning in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    You can't do anything about it because if John Bolton views it as in John Bolton personal interest, that's just fine. John Bolton's allowed to do it. None of the founders would have accepted that kind of reasoning.

  2. Galileo Galilei:

    In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

  3. Samuel Alito:

    Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences, and far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.

  4. Padraig Harrington:

    I am pleased that the (European Tour) tournament committee agreed to the change of wild card numbers, i have spoken to a number of people regarding the ninth player automatically qualifying for the team and in my experience, a player is more comfortable when he has qualified, hence my reasoning behind this change.

  5. Lot Chakonza:

    A man whose reasoning is myopic can not claim to have conceived of a great idea

Popularity rank by frequency of use

reasoning#1#8923#10000

Translations for reasoning

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for reasoning »

Translation

Find a translation for the reasoning definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"reasoning." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/reasoning>.

Discuss these reasoning definitions with the community:

1 Comment
  • Chasity Charles
    Chasity Charles
    Reasoning is the same as reason
    LikeReply9 years ago

Are we missing a good definition for reasoning? Don't keep it to yourself...

Image or illustration of

reasoning

Credit »

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Browse Definitions.net

Quiz

Are you a words master?

»
not established or confirmed
A arbitrary
B soft-witted
C omnifarious
D unsealed

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for reasoning: