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Definition 1: the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil

Synonyms for reason in the sense of this definition

(reason is a kind of ...) one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

Definition 2: a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is reason to believe he is lying

(reason is a kind of ...) a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

"first you must collect all the facts of the case"

(... is a kind of reason ) (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure

"the presence of bacterial infection was an indication for the use of antibiotics"

(... is a kind of reason ) (medicine) a reason that makes it inadvisable to prescribe a particular drug or employ a particular procedure or treatment

Definition 3: a justification for something existing or happening - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had no cause to complain
  • they had good reason to rejoice

Synonyms for reason in the sense of this definition

(reason is a kind of ...) a statement in explanation of some action or belief

Definition 4: an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly

(reason is a kind of ...) a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.

"the explanation was very simple" "I expected a brief account"

Definition 5: a rational motive for a belief or action - [noun denoting motive]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the reason that war was declared
  • the grounds for their declaration

Synonyms for reason in the sense of this definition

(reason is a kind of ...) a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument

(... is a kind of reason ) reason

"there was no occasion for complaint"

(... is a kind of reason ) grounds

"don't do it on my account" "the paper was rejected on account of its length" "he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful"

(... is a kind of reason ) the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

Definition 6: the state of having good sense and sound judgment - [noun denoting state]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his rationality may have been impaired
  • he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions

Synonyms for reason in the sense of this definition

(reason is a kind of ...) normal or sound powers of mind

Definition 7: think logically - [verb of cognition]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The children must learn to reason

(reason is a kind of ...) use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

"I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"

(... is a kind of reason ) substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of

"you can rationalize away all the strange noises you hear--there is no poltergeist in the house!"

(... is a kind of reason ) form or construct theories

"he thinks and theorizes all day"

(... is a kind of reason ) construct a theory about

"Galileo theorized the motion of the stars"

(... is a kind of reason ) reason methodologically and logically

(... is a kind of reason ) make a mathematical calculation or computation

(... is a kind of reason ) place into or assign to a category

"Children learn early on to categorize"

(... is a kind of reason ) talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

"We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal"

Definition 8: decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion - [verb of cognition]

Samples where reason or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house

Synonyms for reason in the sense of this definition

(reason is a kind of ...) use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

"I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"

(... is a kind of reason ) reason or establish by induction

(... is a kind of reason ) reason by deduction; establish by deduction

(... is a kind of reason ) reason by syllogisms

(... is a kind of reason ) come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds

"I feel that he doesn't like me" "I find him to be obnoxious" "I found the movie rather entertaining"

(... is a kind of reason ) conclude by reasoning; in logic

(... is a kind of reason ) conclude from evidence

"I gather you have not done your homework"

(... is a kind of reason ) draw from specific cases for more general cases

Definition 9: present reasons and arguments - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for reason in the sense of this definition

(reason is a kind of ...) bring forward and present to the mind

"We presented the arguments to him" "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"

(... is a kind of reason ) argue again

"This politician will be forced into re-arguing an old national campaign"

(... is a kind of reason ) reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion

(... is a kind of reason ) argue or speak in defense of

"She supported the motion to strike"

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