reason[ ree-zuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF reason
Synonyms for reason
- sound mind
Antonyms for reason
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REASON
I think this blessing comes from the Divine, by reason of the innocence of his life.
There was no time barren enough of sensation to reason about it.
The reason I write promptly is that you may not go out of the country just now.
I haven't told you yet the reason—a new reason—why you must talk to Avice.
That he had reason for his distrust was proved by Ben Haley's movements.
My reason for concealment was, that I might surprise you at the end of this voyage.
She is glad to believe that there is every reason why it will soon be over.
Exactly; and there ain't really any reason why you can't be somebody here.
His reason for not pursuing the fugitive may be readily understood.
The alderman saw no reason to repent his decision, hastily as it had been made.
c.1200, "intellectual faculty that adopts actions to ends," also "statement in an argument, statement of explanation or justification," from Anglo-French resoun, Old French raison "course; matter; subject; language, speech; thought, opinion," from Latin rationem (nominative ratio) "reckoning, understanding, motive, cause," from ratus, past participle of reri "to reckon, think," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (cf. Old English rædan "to advise; see read (v.)).
Meaning "sanity; degree of intelligence that distinguishes men from brutes" is recorded from late 13c. Sense of "grounds for action, motive, cause of an event" is from c.1300. Middle English sense of "meaning, signification" (early 14c.) is in the phrase rhyme or reason. Phrase it stands to reason is from 1630s. Age of Reason "the Enlightenment" is first recorded 1794, as the title of Tom Paine's book.