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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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It took 10 minutes to get her to the kerbside, she would not listen to reason and was shouting obscenities.
The religious and social figures also emphasized the need for wisdom, saying members of society should listen to reason and serve their country.
The Plenipotentiary urged the Houthis and militias former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to lay down arms and to listen to reason and logic, and to abandon the use of force, to pave the way for a comprehensive political solution that maintains the interests of the Yemeni people and stability in the region.
This wart-covered toad, here, refuses to listen to reason!
He said that if the drug suspects would not listen to reason, 'you know what to do.'
They are not prepared to listen to reason and that is unfortunate." East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle called on Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to take urgent action to make the large bonfire safe.
He was not always right, and was terrible at mental arithmetic, but he was always willing to listen to reason and evidence and was always willing to change his mind.
They said that the goal of the rally it to send a message to those who were misled into bearing arms to listen to reason and reject violence against their fellow Syrians, calling on all those who can influence gunmen to convince them of the error of their ways and talk them into abandoning arms.
Giannino did not wish to listen to reason and was adamant in his decision that he passed down to the 18 members" of the party's leadership organ.
Uddhav runs the party surrounded by a coterie, which does not listen to reason. The coterie has such a hold over the party that any sane voice is fast drowned out," said an MNS leader.
"We advise our friend, Sheikh Ahmad Assir, to listen to reason and take into consideration the economic and psychological condition of the city's residents and to be aware of the danger of the [recent] developments and to announce that the road will be reopened," said Bassam Hammoud, an official at Al-Jamaa al-Islamiyya in the south.
"Iran will have to listen to reason. The Iranian intelligence director visited Saudi Arabia two months ago and met officials.