From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishreasonablerea‧son‧a‧ble /ˈriːzənəbəl/ ●●●S1W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1FAIRSENSIBLEfair and sensible opp unreasonable 🔊 a reasonable request 🔊 Be reasonable – you can’t expect her to do all the work on her own! 🔊 I thought it was a perfectly reasonable (=completely reasonable) question.it is reasonable to do something 🔊 It seems reasonable to assume they’ve been tested. 🔊 He had reasonable grounds (=good reasons but no proof) for believing the law had been broken.a reasonable explanation/excuse 🔊 It sounded like a reasonable enough excuse to me.► see thesaurus at fair2GOOD ENOUGHfairly good, but not especially good syn average 🔊 She has a reasonable chance of doing well in the exam.► see thesaurus at satisfactory3QUITE/FAIRLYa reasonableamount is fairly large 🔊 I’ve got a reasonable amount of money saved.4GOOD ENOUGHreasonable prices are not too high syn fair 🔊 good food at a reasonable price► see thesaurus at cheap5 →beyond (a) reasonable doubt —reasonableness noun [uncountable]COLLOCATIONSadverbsperfectly/entirely reasonable (also eminently reasonable formal) (=completely reasonable)The proposal sounds perfectly reasonable.reasonable enough (=fairly reasonable)It was a reasonable enough question.nounsa reasonable explanation/excuseHe tried to think of a reasonable excuse.a reasonable requestHe had refused to obey a reasonable request from a senior member of staff.a reasonable questionHere is one possible answer to that very reasonable question.a reasonable assumptionIt is a reasonable assumption that he pressed the wrong button.reasonable grounds (=good reasons)She must show that she had some reasonable grounds for her action.
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reasonable• Only £15 a night? That sounds reasonable.• It would be expected of him, he said, which to her seemed reasonable.• Teachers need a reasonable amount of time to prepare course work.• They made war look stylish and reasonable, and fun.• Cole accepted that Moe's views were reasonable and valid.• She's usually very reasonable as a boss, but now and again her temperflares up.• It is a reasonableassumption that she knew him well, as she had the keys to his house.• Companies should be allowed to use reasonablebandwidth to market their products.• I thought her request for more information was reasonable, but it was refused.• It guaranteed prices which were, from a retail point of view, very reasonable indeed.• Mason is a reasonable man.• A reasonable number of people turned up for the meeting.• Campaigners say that there is no reasonableobjection to women becoming priests.• Be reasonable, Paul - I'm only trying to help.• I'll go along with any reasonable plan.• good qualityfurniture at reasonable prices• Falling interest rates make it even more important for investors to check that they are getting a reasonablereturn from their funds.• Here and there the stuffingbulged, but for the most part it was in reasonableshape.• Most of her work is of a reasonablestandard.• Had she wanted it, the Loreto Order would certainly have given her a reasonablesum to cover her expenses.• It is reasonable that a prospectiveemployer should want to know if someone has a criminalrecord.• It's reasonable to assume that most prices will go up again.• Given that the patientsmokes 50 cigarette a day, it would be reasonable to assume there is some lungdamage.• It is reasonable to assume watching a lot of television at an early ageinterferes with development.• It is reasonable to expect members to pay a small fee.• Do you think it's reasonable to expect people to work more than 60 hours a week?• Let's try and discuss this in a calm and reasonable way.perfectly reasonable• TinfoilBarbs would be perfectly reasonable.• To my mind, it was an unreasonableexpectation, but to theirs, it was only natural and perfectly reasonable.• It would be perfectly reasonable for the police to check their address and details such as car ownership on the computer.• These are perfectly reasonablequestions, after all, you will be paying the bills.• Whatever the cause of the delay, the solicitor should answer your perfectly reasonable request for an explanation.• It would be perfectly reasonable to keep them all in the same genus.• I could be perfectly reasonable up to a point, but Cynthia Kay had gone too far.• She said the newsclippings she sent to friends were a perfectly reasonable way to correspond.From Longman Business Dictionaryreasonablerea‧son‧a‧ble /ˈriːzənəbəl/ adjective1fair and sensibleThe company maintained that its bills were reasonable.The restaurant sells good food at reasonable prices (=prices that are not too high).The law requires the employer to take ‘reasonable’ steps to accommodate disability.2a reasonable amount is fairly largeI’ve got a reasonable amount of money saved.