1) ADJ-GRADED If you think that someone is fair and sensible you can say that they are reasonable.

He's a reasonable sort of chap...

Oh, come on, be reasonable.

Derived words:
reasonably [[t]ri͟ːzənəbli[/t]] ADV

`I'm sorry, Andrew,' she said reasonably.

reasonableness N-UNCOUNT

`I can understand how you feel,' Desmond said with great reasonableness.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you say that a decision or action is reasonable, you mean that it is fair and sensible.

...a perfectly reasonable decision...

At the time, what he'd done had seemed reasonable.

3) ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf If you say that an expectation or explanation is reasonable, you mean that there are good reasons why it may be correct.

It seems reasonable to expect rapid urban growth.

Derived words:
reasonably ADV ADV with v

You can reasonably expect your goods to arrive within six to eight weeks.

4) ADJ-GRADED If you say that the price of something is reasonable, you mean that it is fair and not too high.

You get an interesting meal for a reasonable price...

His fees were quite reasonable.

Derived words:
reasonably ADV-GRADED ADV with v

...reasonably priced accommodation.

5) ADJ-GRADED You can use reasonable to describe something that is fairly good, but not very good.

The boy answered him in reasonable French...

He had never been able to make a reasonable living from his writing.

Derived words:
reasonably ADV-GRADED ADV adj/adv

I can dance reasonably well.

6) ADJ-GRADED A reasonable amount of something is a fairly large amount of it.

They will need a reasonable amount of desk area and good light.

Derived words:
reasonably ADV ADV adj/adv

From now on events moved reasonably quickly.

English dictionary. 2008.


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