reason has definitions from the fields of psychology,psychiatry
[ noun ] a rational motive for a belief or action




"the reason that war was declared" "the grounds for their declaration"

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

Solly_Hemus announced a switch in his starting_pitcher , from Bob_Gibson to Ernie_Broglio , for several reasons :

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

In arguing in this way , we are obviously taking for granted that a demythologized restatement of the kerygma can be achieved ; and that we firmly believe this will presently become evident when we set_forth reasons to justify such a conviction .

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

Really there is no reason why this fine exercise should not find_its_way into your leg program at all times , for the following suggestions show why it is so effective :

Although I suggested that you hold the bar at the back of the neck there 's no reason why you should n't make some experiments with the bar held in_front_of the neck .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

The reason and the day of `` grandfather_clauses '' has long_since passed .

[ noun ] an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon


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

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Each high note had the crowd in ecstasy so that it stopped the show midway in the `` Mad_Scene '' , but the real reason was a realization of the extraordinary performance unfolding at the moment .

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

While it must be said that these same Protestants have built some new churches during this period , and that religious population_shifts have emptied churches , a principal reason for this phenomenon of redundancy is that fewer Protestants are going_to church .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

The Russian gymnasts beat_the_tar_out_of the American gymnasts in the 1960 Olympics for one reason - they were better .

Another reason gymnastic study is valuable is that it can be started very early in life .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

The `` chase '' as a standard film device probably dates_from The_Great_Train_Robbery , and there is a reason for the continued popularity of the device .

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[ noun ] the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination


"we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

Indeed , of all that is his every man is by nature and reason and therefore by conscience obligated to regard himself as a custodian .

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[ verb ] decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion


conclude reason_out


"We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"

Used in print

(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)

He reasons that as anacondas 30 feet long are often found , some might be 38 , and occasional `` monstrous freaks '' over 50 .

[ verb ] present reasons and arguments



Used in print

(Covered Bridge Topics, XIX:2...)

Reverend_Joshual_Corder , a Baptist minister , gathered a_few citizens of Southern sympathies , to call_on Jones and plead with him to spare the structure ; he reasoned and argued , pointing_out that Jones or other Confederate commanders would need it should troops pass that way in retreat .

(Richard Tiernan, "Land of the Silver Dollar,"...)

`` Have you ever tried to reason with an Eskimo '' ?

[ noun ] a justification for something existing or happening


cause grounds


"he had no cause to complain" "they had good reason to rejoice"

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justification cause

[ verb ] think logically


"The children must learn to reason"

Used in print

(Leon Uris, Mila 8....)

`` How can you tell an insane man to reason or a blind_man to see '' ?

[ noun ] (psychology,psychiatry) the state of having good sense and sound judgment


"his rationality may have been impaired" "he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions"

Used in print

(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)

The great , crushing ice masses coming into view made him sound like the voice of pure reason .

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sanity argue

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8996
[ noun ] a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion


"there is reason to believe he is lying"