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Entry Word: reason
Function: noun
Text: 1 a statement given to explain a belief or act <gave a good reason for her seemingly suspicious behavior>
Synonyms argument, case, explanation, rationale
Related Words alibi, defense, excuse, justification; appeal, plea; guise, pretense (or pretence), pretext, rationalization
2 something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing <a firm belief that we are here on earth to help others is the reason for her tireless volunteer work>
Synonyms grounds, motive, wherefore, why
Related Words antecedent, cause, occasion
3 an explanation that frees one from fault or blame <what reason do you have for being in such a bad mood?> -- see EXCUSE
4 someone or something responsible for a result <what's the meteorological reason for tornadoes?> -- see CAUSE 1
5 the ability to learn and understand or to deal with problems <you'll need to use all of your reason to get out of this tight spot> -- see INTELLIGENCE 1
6 the normal or healthy condition of the mental abilities <was afraid that with all the stress he was under, he'd lose all reason> -- see MIND 2
7 the thought processes that have been established as leading to valid solutions to problems <in a time of national crisis we need to listen to the voice of reason> -- see LOGIC