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English noun: reason

1. reason (motive) a rational motive for a belief or action


SamplesThe reason that war was declared.
The grounds for their declaration.


Synonymsground


Broader (hypernym)rational motive


Narrower (hyponym)account, occasion, score, wherefore, why

2. reason (communication) an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon


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


Broader (hypernym)account, explanation

3. reason (cognition) the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination


SamplesWe are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil.


Synonymsintellect, understanding


Broader (hypernym)faculty, mental faculty, module

4. reason (state) the state of having good sense and sound judgment


SamplesHis rationality may have been impaired.
He had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions.


Synonymsrationality, reasonableness


Broader (hypernym)saneness, sanity

5. reason (communication) a justification for something existing or happening


SamplesHe had no cause to complain.
They had good reason to rejoice.


Synonymscause, grounds


Broader (hypernym)justification

6. reason (cognition) a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion


SamplesThere is reason to believe he is lying.


Broader (hypernym)fact


Narrower (hyponym)contraindication, indication


English verb: reason

1. reason (cognition) decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion


SamplesWe reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house.


ExamplesThey reason that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsconclude, reason out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think


Narrower (hyponym)deduce, deduce, deduct, derive, extrapolate, feel, find, gather, generalise, generalize, induce, infer, infer, infer, syllogise, syllogize

2. reason (communication) present reasons and arguments


ExamplesSam and Sue reason, Sam wants to reason with Sue


Synonymsargue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)lay out, present, represent


Narrower (hyponym)defend, expostulate, fend for, re-argue, support

3. reason (cognition) think logically


SamplesThe children must learn to reason.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think


Narrower (hyponym)calculate, categorise, categorize, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, ratiocinate, rationalise away, rationalize away, reckon, speculate, theorize, theorize, work out









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