- 1. reason, ground, rational motive
- usage: a rational motive for a belief or action; "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration"
- 2. reason, explanation, account
- usage: 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"
- 3. reason, understanding, intellect, faculty, mental faculty, module
- usage: 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"
- 4. rationality, reason, reasonableness, sanity, saneness
- usage: 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"
- 5. cause, reason, grounds, justification
- usage: a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"
- 6. reason, fact
- usage: a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion; "there is reason to believe he is lying"
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- 1. reason, reason out, conclude, think, cogitate, cerebrate
- usage: decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion; "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"
- 2. argue, reason, present, represent, lay out
- usage: present reasons and arguments
- 3. reason, think, cogitate, cerebrate
- usage: think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
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