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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun reasonableness:


Definition of the noun reasonableness

What does reasonableness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: reasonablenesses

  1. the state of having good sense and sound judgment
  2. goodness of reason and judgment
    • example: the judiciary is built on the reasonableness of judges
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: soundness / wisdom / wiseness = the quality of being prudent and sensible
    • more specific word: sensibleness = the quality of showing good sense or practical judgment
    • attributes:
  3. the property of being moderate in price or expenditures
    • example: the store is famous for the reasonableness of its prices
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of reasonableness: moderateness / modestness
    • more generic word: inexpensiveness = the quality of being affordable
  4. moderation in expectations
    • example: without greater reasonableness by both parties we will never settle this matter!
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: moderateness / moderation = quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
  5. the quality of being plausible or acceptable to a reasonable person

Alternative definition of the noun reasonableness


  1. [uncountable] The state or characteristic of being reasonable.
  2. [countable] A reasonable action or behaviour.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Reasonableness

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Google previewLincoln's Tragic Pragmatism (2013)

Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict by John Burt

Reasonableness is a key feature of moral and political autonomy, because reasonableness is what distinguishes legitimate from illegitimate exercises of force. Reasonableness defines the external boundaries ofthe public square, since a ...

Google previewThe Legacy of John Rawls (2005)

by Thom Brooks, Fabian Freyenhagen

Like truth, reasonableness is a test for legitimacy. At the same time, the reasonable is far more inclusive than truth. Many reasons that will not generate an agreement about truth will nevertheless be acceptable as reasons for affirming liberal ...

Google previewPublic Utilities Reports (1922)

It initiates rates when the necessityhere defined compels it; the wavering scale of reasonableness is the standard, and of it utility is the sole judge in the first instance, subject, of course, to what may later follow when the Commission's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of School Crime and Violence (2011)

by Laura Finley

review the School District's Policy for “reasonableness,” which is the touchstone of the constitutionality of a governmental search. In the criminal context, reasonableness usually requires a showing of probable cause. See, e.g., Skinner v.

Google previewDictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature (1926)

by Samuel Halkett

London, 17 19 REASONABLENESS (the) and necessity of some practices of the Reformation of the Church of England, defended ; against the objections of the " No-just grounds ..." (by N. Spinckes], the Vindication of the No- necessity .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ethics: P-W (2001)

by Lawrence C. Becker, Charlotte B. Becker

Thus, reasonableness is directly a moral quality, while rationality is often nonmoral, and it may even be immoral if the agent's ends are exclusively self- interested in ways that go counter to the important interests or RIGHTS of other persons.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Local Government Law (1906)

Exclusive of the Metropolis

Reasonableness has always been regarded as an essential quality of a valid byelaw ; thus we find it stated ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

REASONABLENESS, n.s. [from reasonable.] 1. The faculty ,of reason, a. Agrecableness to reason. — Those, 'who had satisfied themselves with the reasonableness of what they wish, would undertake the converting of other men. Clarendon.

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Reasonableness Meaning

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Quotes about Reasonableness

I will not attempt to deny the reasonableness and necessity of a party war; but in carrying on that war all principles and rules of justice should not be departed from. (Robert Walpole)
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Scrabble value of R1E1A1S1O1N1A1B3L1E1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 14-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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