reasonable - rational

reasonable - rational
When someone is reasonable, they behave in a fair and sensible way.

Our mother was always very reasonable.

I can't do that, Morris. Be reasonable.

If something such as a proposal or judgement is reasonable, it is acceptable because it is fair or sensible.

Rules and procedures need to be accepted as reasonable by those who operate them.

There was no reasonable explanation for her decision.

You say that someone is rational when they are able to think clearly and make decisions and judgements based on reason rather than emotion.

Let's talk about this like two rational people.

You can also describe people's behaviour as rational.

This was a totally rational response to a set of complex problems.


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  • Reasonable — Rea son*a*ble, adv. Reasonably; tolerably. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I have a reasonable good ear in music. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reasonable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) fair and sensible. 2) as much as is appropriate or fair; moderate. 3) fairly good; average. DERIVATIVES reasonableness noun reasonably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • reasonable — rea|son|a|ble W2S1 [ˈri:zənəbəl] adj 1.) fair and sensible ≠ ↑unreasonable ▪ a reasonable request ▪ Be reasonable you can t expect her to do all the work on her own! ▪ I thought it was a perfectly reasonable (=completely reasonable) question. it… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reasonable — [[t]ri͟ːzənəb(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED If you think that someone is fair and sensible you can say that they are reasonable. He s a reasonable sort of chap... Oh, come on, be reasonable. Ant: unreasonable Derived words: reasonably… …   English dictionary

  • reasonable */*/*/ — UK [ˈriːz(ə)nəb(ə)l] / US [ˈrɪz(ə)nəb(ə)l] adjective 1) a) someone who is reasonable behaves in a sensible and fair way I ll come back when you re in a more reasonable mood. be reasonable: Come on, be reasonable – I didn t mean to do it! b) used… …   English dictionary

  • reasonable — adjective 1 fair and sensible: Be reasonable you can t expect her to do all the work on her own! | a reasonable request | it is reasonable to do sth: It s reasonable to suppose that prices will come down soon. opposite unreasonable 2 fairly good …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • reasonable — adj. 1) reasonable about (let s be reasonable about this) 2) reasonable to + inf. (it is not reasonable to demand so much from them) * * * [ riːz(ə)nəb(ə)l] reasonable to + int. (it is not reasonable to demand so much from them) reasonable about… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • reasonable*/*/ — [ˈriːz(ə)nəb(ə)l] adj 1) sensible and fair We have taken all reasonable precautions to avoid an accident.[/ex] Come on, be reasonable – I didn t mean to do it![/ex] 2) if something is reasonable, there are good reasons for thinking it is true or… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • reasonable — adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. being in accordance with reason < a reasonable theory > b. not extreme or excessive < reasonable requests > c. moderate, fair < a reasonable chance > < a reasonable pri …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reasonable — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, look, seem, sound ▪ consider sth, judge sth, regard sth as, think sth …   Collocations dictionary

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