American English

Definition of reasonable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈriznəbl//
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  1. 1reasonable (to do something) fair, practical, and sensible It is reasonable to assume that he knew beforehand that this would happen. Be reasonable!We can't work late every night. Any reasonable person would have done exactly as you did. The prosecution has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he is guilty of murder. We have reasonable grounds for believing that you are responsible. You must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information that you provide is correct. It seems a perfectly reasonable request to make. opposite unreasonable
  2. 2acceptable and appropriate in a particular situation He made us a reasonable offer for the car. You must submit your claim within a reasonable time.
  3. 3(of prices) not too expensive synonym fair We sell good- quality food at reasonable prices. Thesauruscheapcompetitive budget affordable reasonable inexpensiveThese words all describe a product or service that costs little money or less money than you costing little money or less money than you expected; charging low prices. Cheap can also be used in a disapproving way to suggest that something is poor quality as well as low in price:a bottle of cheap perfume.competitive (of prices, goods, or services) as cheap as, or cheaper than, those offered by other companies; able to offer goods or services at competitive prices.budget [only before noun] (used especially in advertising) cheap because it offers only a basic level of service:a budget hotelaffordable cheap enough for most people to affordreasonable (of prices) not too expensiveinexpensive (somewhat formal) cheap Inexpensive is often used to mean that something is good value for its price. It is sometimes used instead of cheap, because cheap can suggest that something is poor quality.Patterns cheap/competitive/budget/affordable/reasonable prices/fares/rates cheap/competitive/budget/affordable/inexpensive products/services
  4. 4[usually before noun] fairly good, but not very good synonym average a reasonable standard of living The quality of service was reasonable, I suppose (= but not excellent). There's a reasonable chance that he'll come.
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noun [uncountable]
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