[ree-zuh-nuh-buhl, reez-nuh-]
agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical: a reasonable choice for chairman.
not exceeding the limit prescribed by reason; not excessive: reasonable terms.
moderate, especially in price; not expensive: The coat was reasonable but not cheap.
endowed with reason.
capable of rational behavior, decision, etc.

1250–1300; Middle English resonable < Middle French raisonnable < Latin ratiōnābilis. See reason, -able

reasonableness, reasonability, noun
reasonably, adverb
half-reasonable, adjective
half-reasonably, adverb
nonreasonability, noun
nonreasonable, adjective
nonreasonableness, noun
nonreasonably, adverb
quasi-reasonable, adjective
quasi-reasonably, adverb

rational, reasonable (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. intelligent, judicious, wise, equitable. Reasonable, rational refer to the faculty of reasoning. Rational can refer to the reasoning faculty itself or to something derived from that faculty: rational powers; a rational analysis. It can also mean sane or sensible: She was no longer rational; a rational plan. Reasonable most often means sensible: A reasonable supposition is one which appeals to our common sense. 2. equitable, fair, just. See moderate. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
reasonable (ˈriːzənəbəl)
1.  showing reason or sound judgment
2.  having the ability to reason
3.  having modest or moderate expectations; not making unfair demands
4.  moderate in price; not expensive
5.  fair; average: reasonable weather

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "having sound judgment, sane, rational," from O.Fr. raisonable, from L. rationabilis, from ratio (see ratio).
"What the majority of people consider to be 'reasonable' is that about which there is agreement, if not among all, at least among a substantial number of people; 'reasonable' for most people, has nothing to do with reason, but with consensus." [Erich Fromm]
Meaning "moderate in price" is recorded from 1667.
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Idioms & Phrases


see beyond a (reasonable) doubt.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
And, so far as they are intelligent, all reasonable beings guide their conduct by them.
But he has misunderstood what it means to be reasonable.
Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities.
When reality is changing faster than theory suggests it should, a certain
  amount of nervousness is a reasonable response.
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