Reason Rea"son, v. t. 1. To arrange and present the reasons for or against; to examine or discuss by arguments; to debate or discuss; as, I reasoned the matter with my friend. [1913 Webster]

When they are clearly discovered, well digested, and well reasoned in every part, there is beauty in such a theory. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

2. To support with reasons, as a request. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To persuade by reasoning or argument; as, to reason one into a belief; to reason one out of his plan. [1913 Webster]

Men that will not be reasoned into their senses. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

4. To overcome or conquer by adducing reasons; -- with down; as, to reason down a passion. [1913 Webster]

5. To find by logical processes; to explain or justify by reason or argument; -- usually with out; as, to reason out the causes of the librations of the moon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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