- agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical: a reasonable choice for chairman.
- not exceeding the limit prescribed by reason; not excessive: reasonable terms.
- moderate, especially in price; not expensive: The coat was reasonable but not cheap.
- endowed with reason.
- capable of rational behavior, decision, etc.
- showing reason or sound judgment
- having the ability to reason
- having modest or moderate expectations; not making unfair demands
- moderate in price; not expensive
- fair; averagereasonable weather
c.1300, “having sound judgment, sane, rational,” from Old French raisonable, from Latin rationabilis, from ratio (see reason (n.)).
What the majority of people consider to be ‘reasonable’ is that about which there is agreement, if not among all, at least among a substantial number of people; ‘reasonable’ for most people, has nothing to do with reason, but with consensus. [Erich Fromm, “The Heart of Man,” 1968]
Meaning “moderate in price” is recorded from 1660s. Related: Reasonably.
see beyond a (reasonable) doubt.