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"reasonable" in American English

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reasonableadjective

us   /ˈri·zə·nə·bəl, ˈriz·nə-/
based on or using good judgment, and therefore fair and practical: Johnson was a reasonable man. It seemed like a reasonable question/explanation.
Reasonable also means not expensive: You can still get a good house for a very reasonable price.
Reasonable also means satisfactory or not bad: He could read French with reasonable fluency.
(Definition of reasonable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"reasonable" in British English

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reasonableadjective

uk   /ˈriː.zən.ə.bəl/ us   /ˈriː.zən.ə.bəl/
B2 based on or using good judgment and therefore fair and practical: If you tell him what happened, I'm sure he'll understand - he's a reasonable man. He went free because the jury decided there was a reasonable doubt about his guilt.
B1 acceptable: We had a reasonable journey. We have a strong team and a reasonable chance of winning the game.
B1 not too expensive: Tomatoes are very reasonable at this time of year.

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reasonableness
noun [U] uk   /ˈriː.zən.ə.bəl.nəs/ us   /ˈriː.zən.ə.bəl.nəs/
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"reasonable" in Business English

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reasonableadjective

uk   /ˈriːzənəbl/ us  
a reasonable price, value, or offer seems fair and not too expensive: In the context of current robust economic growth, these shares look reasonable value. a reasonable price/offer/deal
sensible and fair: We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for the opinion expressed above. a reasonable approach/assumption/argumentit is reasonable to assume/expect/suppose, etc. According to financial experts, it is reasonable to expect rates to climb to 3% over the next year.it is reasonable that It seems reasonable that citizens should know whether their taxes are being spent wisely.
a reasonable amount, rate, etc. is neither too large nor too small: Most economists forecast reasonable growth in GDP next year. Overall pricing of products should reflect the cost of producing them, along with a reasonable profit margin for the business.
(Definition of reasonable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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