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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Reasonableness


RE'ASONABLENESS, noun

1. The faculty of reason. [In this sense, little used.]

2. Agreeableness to reason; that state or quality of a thing which reason supports or justifies; as the reasonableness of our wishes, demands or expectations.

the reasonableness and excellency of charity.

3. Conformity to rational principles.

The whole frame and contexture of a watch carries in it a reasonableness - the passive impression of the reason or intellectual idea that was in the artist. [Unusual.]

4. Moderation; as the reasonableness of a demand.