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reason

noun

1 reason

A rational motive for a belief or action:
— The reason that war was declared.

synonym: ground.

Roget 153: cause, origin, source, principle, element; occasioner, prime mover, primum mobile [Lat.]; vera causa [Lat.]; author etc. (producer) 164; mainspring; ... show more

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

Dutch: afweging, beweeggrond, beweegreden, considerans, consideratie, drijfveer, grond, motief, motivatie, overweging ... show more
Polish: motyw, pobudka, powód, przyczyna, racja, źródło



2 reason

An explanation of the cause of some phenomenon.

3 reason

The capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination:
— We are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil.

synonyms: intellect, understanding.

Roget 450: intellect, mind, understanding, reason, thinking principle; rationality; cogitative faculties, cognitive faculties, discursive faculties, reasoning faculties, intellectual faculties; faculties, senses, ... show more

Dutch: denkvermogen, geestvermogen, hersens, rede, verstand
Polish: logika, rozsądek, rozsądność, rozum

4 reason

The state of having good sense and sound judgment:
— He had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions.

synonyms: rationality, reasonableness.

Roget 498: intelligence, capacity, comprehension, understanding; cuteness, sabe [U.S.], savvy [U.S.]; intellect etc. 450; nous [Fr.], parts, sagacity, mother wit, ... show more

Dutch: redelijkheid
Polish: racjonalność

5 reason

A justification for something existing or happening:
— They had good reason to rejoice.

synonyms: cause, grounds.

Dutch: veroorzaken

6 reason

A fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion.

Dutch: argumenteren, doordenken, overdenken, overleggen, overwegen, redeneren

verb

1 reason

Decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion:
— We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house.

synonyms: conclude, reason out.

Dutch: afleiden, besluiten, concluderen, opmaken

2 reason

Present reasons and arguments.

synonym: argue.

Roget 476: reason, argue, discuss, debate, dispute, wrangle, argufy, bandy words, bandy arguments; chop logic; hold an argument, carry on an argument; controvert ... show more

Dutch: argumenteren, baseren, beargumenteren, funderen, gronden, onderbouwen

3 reason

Think logically.


Moby thesaurus: Vernunft, acceptable, accomplishment, account, admissibility, advise with, aim, air, allegorization, ambition, analyze, answer, antecedent, apologia, apology, apply reason, argument, argumentum, ascertainment, aspiration ... show more.

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