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reason

1. Philosophy the intellect regarded as a source of knowledge, as contrasted with experience
2. Logic grounds for a belief; a premise of an argument supporting that belief
3. reasons of State political justifications for an immoral act

reason

the capacity of the human mind to make logical inferences, undertake rational arguments, understand the world, solve problems. What the nature, social determinants and limits of this capacity are, however, is much debated. See RATIONALISM IDEALISM, EMPIRICISM, ONTOLOGY; see also PRACTICAL REASONING.
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While the organized enviros remain silent on LAX pollution, the economic-development partisans of the city's big-business organizations insist beyond all reason that only LAX can satisfy the region's need for aviation and must therefore expand (sorry, "modernize").
Chindamo is a young man of 26, is it beyond all reason that he couldn't do the same?
But under pressure from politically influential religious groups, Congress, the White House, and federal and state courts have expanded this principle beyond all reason.
Beirut, the city I've lived in for the last eight years, the city I love beyond all reason, this light-filled marvel on the Mediterranean where I learned new definitions of generosity, hospitality, and the delirious pleasure of being alive--my beautiful, beautiful Beirut.
Beyond all reason, so-called dissidents of every hue have been given free run to ply their nefarious trade and sow instability.
In school, the behaviour of boys ranges from quite good to nuisance, while the girls are either angelic or beyond all reason.
Since that time the disputed categories of mental illness have proliferated beyond all reason.
An "up" market, such as the one we saw in the latter half of the 1990s, can foster a kind of druggy exuberance, inducing investors to sink their life savings into unprofitable companies, bidding up the price beyond all reason.
The very same people who ebb and flow around the country on the tide of market forces and whose bloated spending power inflates house prices beyond all reason, are usually the first to condemn the idea of the other not-so-fortunate type of migrant living within their county boundary.
Then, referring to the fact that the congresswoman had also complained in a radio interview that "an administration of questionable legitimacy has been given unprecedented power" he added that "the fact that she questions the president's legitimacy shows a partisan mind-set beyond all reason.
What we are seeing in suits against homes is beyond all reason," says Latimer.
Rich beyond all reason despite NASDAQ's wanton fluctuations (most either still have billions of dollars in stock or were able to cash out before the recent drop) top dot-com tycoons are funneling millions into a panoply of unobjectionable causes: education, homeless shelters, and measles vaccines for Third World infants, for example.