- Reason is the cause for something to happen or the power of your brain to think, understand and engage in logical thought.
- An example of reason is when you are late because your car ran out of gas.
- An example of reason is the ability to think logically.
- To reason is to think things through, to use logic, or to try to solve a problem with logic.
An example of reason is when you think though a problem logically.
reason definition by Webster's New World
- an explanation or justification of an act, idea, etc.
- a cause or motive
- the ability to think, form judgments, draw conclusions, etc.
- sound thought or judgment; good sense
- normal mental powers; a sound mind; sanity
Origin: Middle English reisun ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin ratio, a reckoning, reason: see read
- to think coherently and logically; draw inferences or conclusions from facts known or assumed
- to argue or talk in a logical way
- to think logically about; think out systematically; analyze
- to argue, conclude, or infer: now usually with a clause introduced by that as the object
- to support, justify, etc. with reasons
- to persuade or bring by reasoning (into or out of)
reason definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction. See Usage Notes at because, why.
- A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction: inquired about her reason for leaving.
- An underlying fact or cause that provides logical sense for a premise or occurrence: There is reason to believe that the accused did not commit this crime.
- The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence.
- Good judgment; sound sense.
- A normal mental state; sanity: He has lost his reason.
- Logic A premise, usually the minor premise, of an argument.
- To use the faculty of reason; think logically.
- To talk or argue logically and persuasively.
- Obsolete To engage in conversation or discussion.
- To determine or conclude by logical thinking: reasoned out a solution to the problem.
- To persuade or dissuade (someone) with reasons.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French raison, from Latin ratiō, ratiōn-, from ratus, past participle of rērī, to consider, think; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
- reaˈson·er noun
reason - Phrases/Idioms
by reason of
in reasonor within reason
out of all reason
stand to reason
by reason of