reasonable

reasonable rea‧son‧a‧ble [ˈriːznəbl] adjective
1. fair and sensible:

• The company maintained that its bills were reasonable.

• The restaurant sells good food at reasonable prices (= prices that are not too high ) .

• The law requires the employer to take `reasonable' steps to accommodate disability.

2. a reasonable amount is fairly large:

• I've got a reasonable amount of money saved.

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reasonable UK US /ˈriːzənəbl/ adjective
a reasonable price, value, or offer seems fair and not too expensive: »

In the context of current robust economic growth, these shares look reasonable value.

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a reasonable price/offer/deal

sensible and fair: »

We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for the opinion expressed above.

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a reasonable approach/assumption/argument

it is reasonable to assume/expect/suppose, etc. »

According to financial experts, it is reasonable to expect rates to climb to 3% over the next year.

it is reasonable that »

It seems reasonable that citizens should know whether their taxes are being spent wisely.

a reasonable amount, rate, etc. is neither too large nor too small: »

Most economists forecast reasonable growth in GDP next year.

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Overall pricing of products should reflect the cost of producing them, along with a reasonable profit margin for the business.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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