reasonable

reasonable
rea|son|a|ble
W2S1 [ˈri:zənəbəl] adj
1.) fair and sensible
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 sth
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.
2.) fairly good, but not especially good
= ↑average
She has a reasonable chance of doing well in the exam.
3.) a reasonable amount is fairly large
I've got a reasonable amount of money saved.
4.) reasonable prices are not too high
= ↑fair
good food at a reasonable price
5.) beyond (a) reasonable doubt
law if something is proved beyond reasonable doubt, it is shown to be almost certainly true
>reasonableness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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