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Definitions for unreasonable
ʌnˈri zə nə bəl, -ˈriz nə-un·rea·son·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unreasonableadjective

    not reasonable; not showing good judgment

  2. excessive, inordinate, undue, unreasonableadjective

    beyond normal limits

    "excessive charges"; "a book of inordinate length"; "his dress stops just short of undue elegance"; "unreasonable demands"


  1. unreasonableadjective

    not reasonable

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unreasonableadjective

    Since every language is so full of its own proprieties, that what is beautiful in one, is often barbarous in another, it would be unreasonable to limit a translator to the narrow compass of his author’s words. John Dryden, Ovid. Pref. to.

    My intention in prefixing your name, is not to desire your protection of the following papers, which I take to be a very unreasonable request; since, by being inscribed to you, you cannot recommend them without some suspicion of partiality. Jonathan Swift, Project for the Advancement of Religion.

    No reason known to us; but that there is no reason thereof, I judge most unreasonable to imagine. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    It is unreasonable for men to be judges in their own cases; self-love will make men partial to themselves and their friends. John Locke.

    She entertained many unreasonable prejudices against him, before she was acquainted with his personal worth. Addison.

    Those that place their hope in another world, have, in a great measure, conquer’d dread of death, and unreasonable love of life. Francis Atterbury.


  1. unreasonable

    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.


  1. unreasonable

    Unreasonable is an adjective that defines something which is not guided by or based on good sense, logic, or rationality; it can pertain to actions, expectations, demands, or behavior that is excessive, inappropriate, or unfair. It can also refer to a person who does not listen to reason or refuses to consider other people's opinions or needs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unreasonableadjective

    not reasonable; irrational; immoderate; exorbitant

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unreasonable

    un-rē′zn-a-bl, adj. not agreeable to reason: exceeding the bounds of reason, immoderate: not influenced by reason.—ns. Unrea′son, lack of reason; Unrea′sonableness, the state or quality of being unreasonable: exorbitance.—adv. Unrea′sonably, in an unreasonable manner: excessively.—adjs. Unrea′soned, not argued out; Unrea′soning, not reasoning.—adv. Unrea′soningly.—Abbot of Unreason (see Misrule).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unreasonable in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unreasonable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unreasonable in a Sentence

  1. Franklin Roosevelt:

    It is certainly the case that one of the effects of a presidential campaign is that one side will be raising criticism of the incumbent administration and the job it is doing, so it is not unreasonable to think that when voters hear messages from their candidate we would expect them to become more negative about the state of the country.

  2. Kim Reynolds:

    I don't think it is unreasonable to require 72 hours for someone to weigh their options and the important decision they are about to make.

  3. Wesley Ouchi:

    It was objectively unreasonable for officers to have applied this level of force on my sixteen-year-old client, he was cooperative, surrendered, unarmed, non-resisting, compliant, and non-threatening. This conduct is universally unacceptable in any society.

  4. Chief Scientific Officer Daniel Skovronsky:

    So that puts you in the fall time: September, October, November is not unreasonable.

  5. Dana Perino:

    If you don't have a huge majority, don't demand stupid things. And I think that's what happened … The Squad … made unreasonable demands that jarred with the reality of the Democrat predicament in the Senate. It wasn't going to happen. they have such little self-awareness. It's like Michael Scott's level [of] self-awareness.

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