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spoken English46.53%written English53.47% conversational speech21.74%task-oriented speech78.26% imaginative writing43.17%informational writing56.83%
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Definition of the noun reason

What does reason mean as a name of something?

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noun - plural: reasons

  1. a rational motive for a belief or action
    • example: the reason that war was declared
    • lexical domain: Motives - nouns denoting goals
    • synonym of reason: ground
    • more generic term: rational motive = a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
    • more specific words:
      • occasion = reason
      • account / score = grounds
      • wherefore / why = the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
  2. an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon
    • example: the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: account / explanation = a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
  3. the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
    • example: we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of reason: intellect / understanding
    • more generic terms: faculty / mental faculty / module = one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
  4. the state of having good sense and sound judgment
    • example: he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of reason: rationality / reasonableness
    • more generic words: saneness / sanity = normal or sound powers of mind
  5. a justification for something existing or happening
    • example: they had good reason to rejoice
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of reason: cause / grounds
    • more generic word: justification = a statement in explanation of some action or belief
  6. a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion
    • example: there is reason to believe he is lying
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: fact = a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
    • more specific words:
      • indication = a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure
      • contraindication = a reason that makes it inadvisable to prescribe a particular drug or employ a particular procedure or treatment

Alternative definition of the noun reason


  1. a cause
  2. That which causes something: an efficient cause, a proximate cause.
  3. A motive for an action or a determination.
  4. An excuse: a thought or a consideration offered in support of a determination or an opinion; that which is offered or accepted as an explanation.
  5. proof, more or less decisive, for an opinion or a conclusion
  6. [uncountable] rational thinking (or the capacity for it; the cognitive faculties, collectively, of conception, judgment, deduction and intuition; [roughly]
  7. [obsolete] something reasonable, in accordance with thought; justice.
  8. [obsolete] due exercise of the reasoning faculty
  9. [context: mathematics, obsolete] ratio; proportion.

Definition of the verb reason

What does reason mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: reasoned | reasoning | reasons

  1. decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
    • examples: We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house | They reason that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Product]He deduced the truth about the story
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Product] from [Material]He deduced the truth from the facts
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Product, that-complement clause]He deduced that this factor must have influenced the system
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Material] [Product, that-complement clause]He deduced that she was a spy from miniature camera she had in her pen

      Verbs of Deducing (with the same syntax): conceive, conclude, deduce, deduct, derive, disprove, gather, infer, prove, rationalize, reason out.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of reason: conclude / reason out
    • more generic words: cerebrate / cogitate / think = use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
    • more specific words:
  2. present reasons and arguments
    • examples: Sam and Sue reason | Sam wants to reason with Sue
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of reason: argue
    • more generic terms: lay out / present / represent = bring forward and present to the mind
    • more specific terms:
  3. think logically
    • example: The children must learn to reason
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: cerebrate / cogitate / think = use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb reason


  1. [intransitive] To exercise the rational faculty; to deduce inferences from premises; to perform the process of deduction or of induction; to ratiocinate; to reach conclusions by a systematic comparison of facts.
  2. [intransitive] Hence: To carry on a process of deduction or of induction, in order to convince or to confute; to formulate and set forth propositions and the inferences from them; to argue.
  3. [intransitive] To converse; to compare opinions.
  4. [transitive] To arrange and present the reasons for or against; to examine or discuss by arguments; to debate or discuss.
  5. [transitive, rare] To support with reasons, as a request.
  6. [transitive] To persuade by reasoning or argument.
  7. [transitive, with down] To overcome or conquer by adducing reasons.
  8. [transitive, usually with out] To find by logical process; to explain or justify by reason or argument.


Who is Reason?

Reason is a musical artist.

  • nationality: South Africa
  • profession: Music artist
  • album: "Audio3D"
  • nomination:
    • nominated to South African Music Award for Male Artist of the Year - "Audio3D"
    • nominated to South African Music Award for Best Rap Album - "Audio3D"


Reason is a musical group.


  1. "Reason" is the second album by English singer-songwriter, Melanie C. It was the follow up album to Northern Star. Released on 10 March 2003, it reached number five in the UK Albums Chart, selling 30,876 copies in its first week. Although not performing as well as Northern Star, Reason has a Gold certification in the United Kingdom, with 101,889 copies sold. The album has sold 500,000 copies worldwide. The album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.
  2. "Reason" is a pop song written by Thorsten Brötzmann and Alexander Geringas for the No Angels' debut studio album Elle'ments. Originally entitled "That's the Reason", a Brötzmann and Geringas produced and partially re-written version of the song was released as the band's farewell single on 24 November 2003 before their disbandment in December 2003. While "Reason" peaked at number 9 in Germany, number 12 in Austria and number 28 in Switzerland, the song failed to enter the top 40 of the European charts.
  3. "Reason" is the second studio album by the Brazilian heavy metal band Shaaman, first released in 2005. "Innocence" was released as the band's first single.
  4. "Reason" is the 6th single release from J-Pop artist Nami Tamaki. It was released on 11-10-2004, and ranked #2 on the Oricon charts. It also was used as the ending theme to the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, as well as an insert song for an episode of the anime Code Geass.
  5. "Reason" is a composition.
  6. "Reason" is a musical album of Selah Sue.
    • released on
  7. "Reason" is the third album by Officium Triste released in 2004 by Displeased Records.
  8. "Reason" is a compilation of songs by the hardcore punk band Violent Apathy. The songs are from the early days of the band before the release of their album Here Today.
  9. "Reason" is a musical single of AnnaGrace.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  10. "Reason" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  11. "Reason" is a musical album of Anacrusis.
    • released on (25 years ago)
  12. "Reason" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  13. "Reason" is a musical single of Yuzu.
    • released on
  14. "Reason" is a musical single of Nervo & Hook n Sling.
    • released on
  15. "Reason" a.k.a. "Reason…" is a musical single of Toshiyuki Toyonaga.
    • released on
  16. "Reason" is a composition.
  17. "Reason" is a musical single of Nami Tamaki.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  18. "REASON" is a musical single of KAmiYU.
    • released on
  19. "Reason" is a composition.
  20. "Reason" is a musical single of Fonogenico.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  21. "Reason" is a musical album of King Django.
    • released in (14 years ago)


"Reason" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov, first published in the April 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and collected in I, Robot, The Complete Robot, and Robot Visions. It is part of Asimov's Robot series, and was the second of Asimov's positronic robot stories to see publication.

  • language: English Language
  • released in (74 years ago)


  1. Reason is an American libertarian monthly magazine published by the Reason Foundation. The magazine has a circulation of around 70,000 and was named one of the 50 best magazines in 2003 and 2004 by the Chicago Tribune.
  2. Reason is a computer program for creating and editing music developed by Swedish software developers Propellerhead Software. It emulates a rack of hardware synthesizers, samplers, signal processors, sequencers, and mixers, all of which can be freely interconnected in an arbitrary manner. Reason can be used either as a complete virtual music studio or as a collection of virtual instruments to be used with other sequencing software in a fashion that mimics "live" performance.
  3. Reason: A reason is a consideration which justifies or explains.

Phrases with Reason

  1. reason out
  2. Have Reason
  3. age of reason
  4. Rule of reason
  5. Rhyme or Reason
  6. Stand to Reason
  7. Practical reason
  8. To Stand to Reason
  9. Everything Happens for a Reason

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Reason

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Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

Reason is the handmaid of science, and the bulwark of literature. J. R. Trumbull. An idle...

Reason is the principle by which our belief and opinions...

Google previewThe Mind of God (2004)

by James Peterson

Reason is a faculty of the conceptual consciousness possessed only by the mind of the human animal.

Google previewNaturalism and Realism in Kant's Ethics

Reason is an efficient cause in nature as part of the set of psychological determinants of an individual's empirical power of choice.

Google previewThe Authority of Scripture in Reformed Theology (2008)

Truth and Trust by Henk van den Belt

Scripture is the principium externum and the illumination the principium internum, but reason is the principium elicitivum, a scholastic...

Google previewThe Miserable Case of Poor Old England Fairly Stated [...] Or, The Most Powerful and Convincing Reasons, why the E....r, the [...] are Against Making a General Peace with France (1712)

Reason is the Saxons 4639 Annually of them are continued in the said States Service on English Pay, *{-dea : I2 : 6 shou'd...

Google previewThe Wisdom of Solomon (2012)

In the Revised Version with Introduction and Notes by J. A. F. Gregg

And hereafter we shall be as though we had never been: Because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, And 'while our heart beateth reason is a spark, Which being extinguished, ...

Google previewCommentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians (2009)

by Ambrosiaster,, Gerald L. Bray

The second reason is that the Corinthians were beginning to find pleasure in eloquence and worldly philosophy, with the result that although they were nominally Christian, they were imbued with notions which were con- trary to the faith.

Google previewFracture and Size Effect in Concrete and Other Quasibrittle Materials (1997)

by Zdenek P. Bazant, Jaime Planas

The mathematical reason is that, as we discussed in Chapter 8 (Bazant 1 986c), ... The reason is that the energy dissipation, as described by the local stress- strain relation per unit volume, and thus also the total dissipation, converges to zero if ...

Google previewCongressional Serial Set (1867)

suppose the main reason is the want of accommodation at the general order stores.

Google previewNatural Family Planning: The Complete Approach (2013)

by John and Sheila Kippley

The first reason is that the authors of this text believe in giving you the freedom to choose among morally legitimate options. The reality is that there is more than one way to determine the end of Phase 1 and the start of Phase 2. However, you ...

Google previewThe Standard-phonographic Dictionary (1862)

by Andrew Jackson Graham

REASON RED It Is rather, Tees'Mtaydhcr (or, sometimes, -Anther). It rather, Tee2- Raydher. Or rather, Tcloidl-Ardlnr (or -Ray- dber.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Theory (2010)

by Mark Bevir

Public reason is a moral ideal requiring that political decisions be reasonably justifiable or acceptable from each individual's viewpoint. Given the plurality of moral, ethical, and religious doctrines that characterize liberal democratic societies, ...

Google previewThe Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment (2015)

by Mark G. Spencer

Towsey university of Liverpool See also: books; libraries; literacy; print culture reAson Reason, throughout the American Enlightenment, was usually thought of as a natural faculty of fully functioning human minds. The term was ...

Google previewA New Theological Dictionary intended to exhibit a clear and satisfactory view of every religious term and denomination, which has prevailed in the world from the birth of Christ to the present day ... With portraits and plans. [By James Morison.] (1807)

REASON. Much has been written on this subject. Some contend that ...

Google previewThe Churchman's Theological Dictionary (1845)

by Robert Eden

REASON. so much so, that the contending parties accused each other of ' the sin against the Holy Ghost.' REASON. The intellectual faculty hy which we apprehend and discover truth, whether contained in first principles of helief, or in the ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Biostatistics for Medical Professionals (2016)

by Abhaya Indrayan, Martin P. Holt

Reason 1 (n=) Reason 2 (n=) Reference standard (n=) Target condition present (n=) Target condition absent ...

Google previewÉtienne Chauvin (1640 - 1725) and his Lexicon philosophicum (2016)

by Giuliano Gasparri

The only wisdom a man can have is the wisdom that is obtained through observation and discursive reason.74 4. Reason The entry “Ratio” in the Lexicon philosophicum opens with an observation reproduced verbatim from Geulincx's Ethica, ...

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Usage statistics about reason

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Usage statistics for the noun reason:

spoken English46.53%written English53.47% conversational speech21.74%task-oriented speech78.26% imaginative writing43.17%informational writing56.83%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb reason:


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Quotes about Reason

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; and he that dares not reason is a slave. (William Drummond)
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Scrabble value of R1E1A1S1O1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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