Synonyms of reason
1 causeDictionary • There is a reason for every important thing that happens.
cause • There is obvious cause for concern.
purpose • The purpose of the occasion was to raise money for charity.
motive • Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing.
end • another policy designed to achieve the same end
goal • The goal is to raise as much money as possible.
design • Is there some design in having him here?
target • school leavers who fail to reach their targets
aim • a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
occasion • You had no occasion to speak to him like that.
object • The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
intention • He announced his intention of standing for parliament.
incentive • There is little incentive to adopt such measures.
warrant • There is some warrant for his behaviour.
inducement • They offer every inducement to encourage investment.
why and wherefore (informal)
2 justificationDictionary • I hope you have a good reason for your behaviour.
justification • I knew there was no justification for what I was doing.
case • Both these facts strengthen the case against hanging.
defence • a spirited defence of the government's economic progress
argument • There's a strong argument for lowering the price.
explanation • The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
excuse • There is no excuse for what he did.
apology • We received a letter of apology.
rationale • the rationale for punishment
vindication • He called the success a vindication of his party's economic policy.
apologia • The left have seen the work as an apologia for privilege.
3 senseDictionary • a conflict between emotion and reason
sense • When he was younger he had a bit more sense.
mind • an excellent training for the young mind
reasoning • the reasoning behind the decision
understanding • They have to have a basic understanding of computers.
judgment • Publication of the information was a serious error in judgment.
logic • The plan was based on sound commercial logic.
intellect • Do the emotions develop in parallel with the intellect?
comprehension • The situation was utterly beyond her comprehension.
sanity • He and his wife finally had to move, just to preserve their sanity.
deduceDictionary • I reasoned that changing my diet would lower my cholesterol level.
deduce • She hoped he hadn't deduced the reason for her visit.
conclude • We concluded that he was telling the truth.
solve • Their domestic reforms did nothing to solve unemployment.
resolve • We must find a way to resolve these problems.
infer • I inferred from what she said that you have not been well.
PHRASES:▷ by reason of
IDIOM:▷ reason for living
PHRASAL VERB:▷ reason with someone
usage note:Many people object to the expression the reason is because, on the grounds that it is repetitive. It is therefore advisable to use either this is because or the reason is that.
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aimThe aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve.
• a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
Holy Grail (informal)
Holy Grail (informal)
apologiaAn apologia is a statement in which you defend something that you strongly believe in, for example a way of life, a person's behaviour, or a philosophy.
• The left have seen the work as an apologia for privilege.
apologyAn apology is something that you say or write in order to tell someone that you are sorry that you have hurt them or caused trouble for them.
• We received a letter of apology.
Thesaurus for reason from the Collins English Thesaurus
the faculty of rational argument, deduction, judgment, etc
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