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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
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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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I can remember being spellbound beyond all reason, pleased that the local countryside had provided this bounteous harvest without any sowing or cultivation on our part, but just by means of its unheeded daily comings and goings: The spring rains had fallen, the June sunshine happened, and on those long July afternoons the fruit had ripened while the meadowlarks sang and the bluebirds warbled overhead.
Beer-drinkers' main beef would not be with the state that imposed the tax, but with the industry that inflated it beyond all reason.
Why Clarkson has to keep on trying to shock is beyond me - he is just not funny or clever, but rude beyond all reason.
It is made by banks who became willing players in picking winners and losers (say 50 billion dollar swindler Bernard Madoff) and leveraging the economy beyond all reason. True, Canadians and Canadian banks have been more prudent in this regard, but not so prudent as to save us from the coming pain.
(7.) John Reader, Beyond All Reason: The Limits of Post-Modern Theology (Cardiff: Aureus Publishing, 1997) 4.
I wouldn't want to be starting out now because prices have risen beyond all reason. I know Gwynedd Council are doing something to ensure there are affordable homes in the area for young people but more could be done to help."
Celebrate St Patrick's Day at the club underneath Walkabout in Middlesbrough with York band BEYOND ALL REASON, a quartet born from a love of classic rock bands such as Def Leppard and Iron Maiden.
But under pressure from politically influential religious groups, Congress, the White House, and federal and state courts have expanded this principle beyond all reason. It is increasingly being applied to people, buildings and programs only tangentially related to religion."
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: Living With Ideology in the University by Ronald Barnett.
And it is here that the novel achieves its true mastery because the poetic narrative voice is forever alert to an extraordinary world and manages to do the apparently impossible, to give voice to the unsayable and to make the invisible visible, even through the crudities of language, of which the narrator is acutely aware: "One's wretched tongue is wooden." Although echoing Beckett's disavowal of language, even as it wades further into words, Vesaas's novel ultimately reaches toward a postintellectual sense of living and as such offers an alternative vision to European fiction: "Beyond all reason. But it is good.
It was beyond all reason for a public health officer to wear a jacket and tie--especially during the Cormorant Island summer.