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Another word for reason

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Noun
  1. A basis for an action or a decision

      1. To move upward or forward in a single quick motion or a series of such motions; leap:
      2. To move suddenly, especially because of being resilient or moved by a spring:
      3. To start doing something suddenly:
      1. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
      2. A motif in art, literature, or music.
      3. Causing or able to cause motion:
      1. The act or process of motivating:
      2. The state of being motivated:
      3. Something that motivates; an inducement, reason, or goal:
      1. The solid surface of the earth.
      2. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
      3. Soil; earth:
      1. The producer of an effect, result, or consequence.
      2. The one, such as a person, event, or condition, that is responsible for an action or result.
      3. A basis for an action or response; a reason:
    See also:

    start

  2. A justifying fact or consideration

      1. A judicial writ authorizing the search or seizure of property, arrest of a person, or the execution of a legal judgment.
      2. A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
      3. An option to buy stock at a specified price from an issuing company.
      1. The act of justifying.
      2. The condition or fact of being justified.
      3. Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies:
      1. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
      2. The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.
      3. Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.
      1. A foundation upon which something rests.
      2. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
      3. The fundamental principle.
    See also:

    true

  3. A statement of causes or motives

    See also:

    explain

  4. A fact or circumstance that gives logical support to an assertion, claim, or proposal

      1. For what purpose, reason, or cause; with what intention, justification, or motive:
      2. The reason, cause, or purpose for which:
      3. On account of which; for which.
      1. For what purpose or reason; why.
      2. Therefore.
      3. A purpose or cause:
      1. The evidence or argument that compels the mind to accept an assertion as true.
      2. The validation of a proposition by application of specified rules, as of induction or deduction, to assumptions, axioms, and sequentially derived conclusions.
      3. A statement or argument used in such a validation.
      1. The solid surface of the earth.
      2. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
      3. Soil; earth:
      1. A discussion in which disagreement is expressed; a debate.
      2. A quarrel; a dispute.
      3. A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
  5. That which provides a reason or justification

  6. Exact, valid, and rational reasoning

    See also:

    reason

  7. What is sound or reasonable

Another word for reason

Noun
  1. The power of reasoning

      1. The quality or condition of being sane; soundness of mind.
      2. Soundness of judgment or reason.
      1. The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines:
      2. A person of great mental ability:
      3. Individual consciousness, memory, or recollection:
      1. The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge:
      2. Information, especially secret information gathered about an actual or potential enemy or adversary.
      3. The gathering of such information:
      1. The ability by which one understands; intelligence:
      2. The quality or condition of one who understands; comprehension:
      3. Individual or specified judgment or outlook; opinion:
  2. A process of reasoning

  3. A basis for rational action

      1. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal:
      2. Determination; resolution:
      3. To intend or resolve:
      1. The object toward which an endeavor is directed; an end.
      2. A structure or area into which players endeavor to propel a ball or puck in order to score points.
      3. A play or shot that sends a ball or puck into or through the goal.
      1. Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort.
      2. Serving to induce or motivate:
      1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      2. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.
      3. The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support.
      1. The act or process of motivating:
      2. The state of being motivated:
      3. Something that motivates; an inducement, reason, or goal:
      1. Something, such as a thought or conception, that is the product of mental activity.
      2. An opinion, conviction, or principle:
      3. A plan, purpose, or goal:
      1. An impelling force; an impulse.
      2. The force or energy associated with a moving body.
      3. Something that incites; a stimulus.
      1. The solid surface of the earth.
      2. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
      3. Soil; earth:
      1. To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent:
      2. To formulate a plan for; devise:
      3. To make a graphic or schematic representation of (something), especially as a plan for its structure:
      1. The producer of an effect, result, or consequence.
      2. The one, such as a person, event, or condition, that is responsible for an action or result.
      3. A basis for an action or response; a reason:
      1. Something that is intended; an aim or purpose.
      2. The state of mind necessary for an act to constitute a crime.
      3. Firmly fixed; concentrated:
      1. To direct (a weapon or camera) toward a point.
      2. To direct or propel (an object, such as a ball) toward a point:
      3. To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group:
      1. For what purpose or reason; why.
      2. Therefore.
      3. A purpose or cause:
      1. A foundation upon which something rests.
      2. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
      3. The fundamental principle.
      1. An alternative or extrinsic reason for doing something, especially when concealed or when differing from the stated or apparent reason.
      1. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
      2. A motif in art, literature, or music.
      3. Causing or able to cause motion:
      1. The action or fact of intending:
      2. An aim that guides action; an objective:
      3. Purpose with respect to marriage:
      1. The fundamental reasons for something; the basis:
      1. Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
      2. A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action:
      3. A limiting factor that must be considered:
      1. Either extremity of something that has length:
      2. The outside or extreme edge or physical limit; a boundary:
      3. The point in time when an action, event, or phenomenon ceases or is completed; the conclusion:
  4. The mind

      1. The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding:
      2. A person's individual ability to think and reason:
      3. A person of great intellectual ability:
      1. Cast or turn of mind:
      2. The sum of a person's intellectual capabilities or endowment.
      1. The portion of the vertebrate central nervous system that is enclosed within the cranium, continuous with the spinal cord, and composed of gray matter and white matter. It is the primary center for the regulation and control of bodily activities, receiving and interpreting sensory impulses, and transmitting information to the muscles and body organs. It is also the seat of consciousness, thought, memory, and emotion.
      2. A functionally similar portion of the invertebrate nervous system.
      3. Intellectual ability; intellect:
Verb
  1. To think logically

      1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully:
      2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder:
      3. To have in mind as an intention or possibility:
      1. Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional:
      2. Arising from or marked by careful consideration:
      3. Unhurried and careful:
      1. To throw or bend back (light or sound, for example) from a surface.
      2. To give back or show an image of (an object); mirror.
      3. To make apparent; express or manifest:
    See also:

    think

  2. To seek a reasonable explanation

  3. To discuss persuasively

      1. To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid:
      2. To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. Used of God.
      3. To demonstrate sufficient legal reason for (an action taken).
      1. Verbal expression in speech or writing:
      2. Verbal exchange or conversation:
      3. A formal, lengthy treatment of a subject, either written or spoken.
      1. To cause (an institution, for example) to come into existence or begin operating; found; set up.
      2. To bring about; generate or effect:
      3. To place or settle in a secure position or condition:
      1. To establish the truth or validity of (something) by the presentation of argument or evidence:
      2. To demonstrate the reality of (something):
      3. To show (oneself) to be what is specified or to have a certain characteristic:
      1. (idiomatic) To identify among a group of similar subjects, or in a scene where the subject might not be readily seen or noticed, with a gesture of the body.
      2. (figuratively, idiomatic) To tell, remind, indicate.
      1. To show clearly and deliberately; manifest:
      2. To show to be true by reasoning or adducing evidence; prove:
      3. To present by experiments, examples, or practical application; explain and illustrate:
      1. To consider something; deliberate.
      2. To engage in argument by discussing opposing points.
      3. To engage in a formal discussion or argument.
      1. To argue about; debate:
      2. To argue or debate with (someone).
      3. To question the truth or validity of; doubt:
      1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
      2. To strive in competition, as in a race; vie:
      3. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
      1. A visible mark, such as a footprint, made or left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing.
      2. Evidence or an indication of the former presence or existence of something; a vestige:
      3. An extremely small amount or barely perceivable indication:
      1. To put forth reasons for or against; debate:
      2. To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend:
      3. To give evidence of; indicate: