reason


reason
noun
1》 a cause, explanation, or justification.
    ↘good or obvious cause to do something: we have reason to celebrate.
    ↘Logic a premise of an argument in support of a belief, especially a minor premise given after the conclusion.
2》 the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgements logically.
    ↘(one's reason) one's sanity.
3》 what is right, practical, or possible.
verb
1》 think, understand, and form judgements logically.
    ↘(reason something out) find a solution to a problem by considering possible options.
2》 (reason with) persuade with rational argument.
Phrases
by reason of formal because of.
listen to reason be persuaded to act sensibly.
it stands to reason it is obvious or logical.
Derivatives
reasoned adjective
reasoner noun
reasonless adjective (archaic).
Origin
ME: from OFr. reisun (n.), raisoner (v.), from a var. of L. ratio(n-), from reri 'consider'.
Usage
Many people object to the constructions the reason why … and the reason … is because, and feel that the phrasing the reason that … is more logical and elegant. However, all three expressions are generally accepted in standard English.

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