Reasonable
Reasonable Rea"son*a*ble (r[=e]"z'n*[.a]*b'l), a. [OE. resonable, F. raisonnable, fr. L. rationabilis. See {Reason}, n.] 1. Having the faculty of reason; endued with reason; rational; as, a reasonable being. [1913 Webster]

2. Governed by reason; being under the 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. [1913 Webster]

By indubitable certainty, I mean that which doth not admit of any reasonable cause of doubting. --Bp. Wilkins. [1913 Webster]

Men have no right to what is not reasonable. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. Not excessive or immoderate; within due limits; proper; as, a reasonable demand, amount, price. [1913 Webster]

Let . . . all things be thought upon That may, with reasonable swiftness, add More feathers to our wings. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Rational; just; honest; equitable; fair; suitable; moderate; tolerable. See {Rational}. [1913 Webster]


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