reason: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (rē'zun), [key]
- a basis or cause, as for some belief, action, fact, event, etc.: the reason for declaring war.
- a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action.
- the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences.
- sound judgment; good sense.
- normal or sound powers of mind; sanity.
- a premise of an argument.
- the faculty or power of acquiring intellectual knowledge, either by direct understanding of first principles or by argument.
- the power of intelligent and dispassionate thought, or of conduct influenced by such thought.
- Kantianism.the faculty by which the ideas of pure reason are created.
- to induce a change of opinion in (someone) through presentation of arguments; convince: The mother tried to bring her rebellious daughter to reason.
- on account of; because of: He was consulted about the problem by reason of his long experience.
- in accord with reason; justifiable; proper: She tried to keep her demands in reason.
- to be clear, obvious, or logical: With such an upbringing it stands to reason that the child will be spoiled.
- with justification; properly: The government is concerned about the latest crisis, and with reason.
- to think or argue in a logical manner.
- to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.
- to urge reasons which should determine belief or action.
- to think through logically, as a problem (often fol. by out).
- to conclude or infer.
- to convince, persuade, etc., by reasoning.
- to support with reasons.
- reason (Thesaurus)