practical reason

(in Kantian ethics) reason applied to the problem of action and choice, especially in ethical matters.

1895–1900 Unabridged
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practical reason or practical reasoning
1.  the faculty by which human beings determine how to act
2.  reasoning concerning the relative merits of actions
3.  the principles governing arguments which issue in actions or intentions to act
practical reasoning or practical reasoning

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Example sentences
Also there's a practical reason: a knit garment stretches more than a woven
And there is no practical reason why the group should limit itself to helping
  businesses borrow money.
But communication is not the only practical reason for going into space.
There's a practical reason to make your marker set thinner, the algorithm runs
  much faster.
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