reasonable

rea|son|a|ble [ `riznəbl ] adjective **
1. ) someone who is reasonable behaves in a sensible and fair way: RATIONAL:
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!
a ) used about people's decisions, actions, etc.:
We have taken all reasonable precautions to avoid an accident.
─ opposite UNREASONABLE, IRRATIONAL
2. ) if something is reasonable, there are good reasons for thinking that it is true or correct:
a reasonable explanation/excuse: I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for his absence.
It's reasonable to assume that these measures will prove successful.
They had reasonable grounds for taking action.
beyond (a) reasonable doubt (=so that there is little possibility of something not being true): The prosecution must prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
a reasonable chance/prospect: We still had a reasonable prospect of finding a job locally.
3. ) fairly good, although not extremely good: ACCEPTABLE:
I think we have a reasonable working relationship.
reasonable degree/level: The rise in population can be predicted with a reasonable degree of accuracy.
Tourists have a right to expect a reasonable standard of accommodation.
4. ) not too far, high, great, etc.:
The hotel is situated within a reasonable distance of the beach.
Set the thermostat to a reasonable temperature.
a ) a reasonable price is fair and not too high:
It's a friendly bar, and the prices are very reasonable.
This service is provided at a reasonable cost.
╾ rea|son|a|ble|ness noun uncount:
Ed spoke with infuriating reasonableness.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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