- A thought or a consideration offered in support of a determination or an opinion; a just ground for a conclusion or an action; that which is offered or accepted as an explanation; the efficient cause of an occurrence or a phenomenon; a motive for an action or a determination; proof, more or less decisive, for an opinion or a conclusion; principle; efficient cause; final cause; ground of argument.
- He had no to do that.
- The mind, the reasoning processes of the mind.
- Mankind should develop above all other virtues.
- Due exercise of the reasoning faculty; accordance with, or that which is accordant with and ratified by, the mind rightly exercised; right intellectual judgment; clear and fair deductions from true principles; that which is dictated or supported by the common sense of mankind; right conduct; right; propriety; justice.
- I was promised, on a time, To have for my rhyme. "Spenser
- (context, mathematics, obsolete) ratio; proportion.
- (intransitive) To exercise the rational faculty; to deduce inferences from premises; to perform the process of deduction or of induction; to ratiocinate; to reach conclusions by a systematic comparison of facts.
- (intransitive) Hence: To carry on a process of deduction or of induction, in order to convince or to confute; to formulate and set forth propositions and the inferences from them; to argue.
- (intransitive) To converse; to compare opinions.
- (transitive) To arrange and present the reasons for or against; to examine or discuss by arguments; to debate or discuss.
Etymology: From Anglo-Norman resoun ( raison), from rationem (accusative of ratioLatin, ratio).
- I reasoned the matter with my friend.
- (transitive, rare) To support with reasons, as a request.
- (transitive) To persuade by reasoning or argument.
- to one into a belief; to one out of his plan
- (transitive) To overcome or conquer by adducing reasons; " with down.
- to down a passion
- (transitive) To find by logical process; to explain or justify by reason or argument; " usually with out.
- to out the causes of the librations of the moon'''
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