Rea"son*a*ble (?), a. [OE. resonable, F. raisonnable, fr. L. rationabilis. See Reason, n.]


Having the faculty of reason; endued with reason; rational; as, a reasonable being.


Governed by reason; being under influence of reason; thinking, speaking or acting rationally, or according to the dictates of reason; agreeable to reason; just; rational; as, the measure must satisfy all reasonable men.

By indubitable certainty, I mean that which doth not admit of any reasonable cause of doubting. Bp. Wilkins.

Men have no right to what is not reasonable. Burke.


Not excessive or immoderate; within due limits; proper; as, a reasonable demand, amount, price.

Let . . . all things be thought upon That may, with reasonable swiftness, add More feathers to you wings. Shak.

Syn. -- Rational; just; honest; equitable; fair; suitable; moderate; tolerable. See Rational.


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Rea"son*a*ble, adv.

Reasonable; tolerably.


I have a reasonable good ear in music. Shak.


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