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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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This will ensure that confidentiality is implemented only when both parties wish it, and is not used as a means to hide a poorly reasoned decision of a party's bad and recurring behavior from future panels.
I wasn't very far into Thomas Clark's crisply written, nicely reasoned, and quite pernicious article, "Humanism and Post, modernism: A Reconciliation" (The Humanist, January/February 1993), before I began muttering to myself, "Somebody's got to respond to this."