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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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The sonnet opens out from the physical to the psychic, from the particular situation of the speaker's private anguish to the universal predicament of reasonless human suffering, and from the despondency of the unfortunate to the providential understanding of divine, participatory patience.
Within health care, reasonless variation is the source of many errors.
the impulse to move which had already seethed to a head among his people, darker than themselves, reasonless, following and seeking a delusion, a dream, a bright shape which they could not know since there was nothing in their heritage, nothing in the memory even of the old men to tell the others, "This is what we will find" .
And nowadays, when I read about a gang-rape in Central Park by teenagers from a housing project, or watch a television report of a reasonless killing committed by a black man, and finding myself fearful of my family's safety or my own, I sometimes feel the gorge of rage rising within me incredulously.