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Unreasonable Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    unreasonable adj
  1. not reasonable; not showing good judgment [ant: reasonable]
  2. pungent adjectives of disesteem; "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books" [syn: cockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, silly, wacky, whacky, zany]
  3. absurd and inappropriate; "the unreasonable nimbus of romance with which she had encircled that man"- Thomas Hardy
  4. beyond normal limits; "excessive charges"; "a book of inordinate length"; "his dress stops just short of undue elegance"; "unreasonable demands" [syn: excessive, inordinate, undue]
  5. inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense; "the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant"- Walter Lippman [syn: absurd]
Unreasonable Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Unreasonable \Un*rea"son*a*ble\, a. Not reasonable; irrational; immoderate; exorbitant. -- Un*rea"son*a*ble*ness, n. -- Un*rea"son*a*bly, adv.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Unreasonable'


Reason is a mental faculty or ability found in humans, that is able to generate non-intuitive conclusions from assumptions or premises. It is amongst other things the means by which rational beings propose specific reasons, or explanations of cause and effect. Therefore, in contrast to reason as an abstract noun, a reason is a consideration which explains or justifies.

Reason is associated with human nature, that which is unique and definitive about being human. It is contrasted with conclusions which are arrived at by habit or intuition, which is an ability humans share with other types of animal. There have been many ways of describing the essential difference between reason and intuition. Reason is generally described as more complex than habitual thinking. In the explanation of Locke for example it requires not just comparison of the ideas of two connected things, but also the mental use of a third idea in order to make this comparison by use of syllogism. To put it another way, reason, as opposed to intuition, involves a conscious thinking-through in a way which can be expressed in language, or, in the formulation of Kant, reason is a kind of law making, where practical reasoning is a kind of self-legislation and theoretical reasoning proposes laws of nature.

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* Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people. - George Bernard Shaw

* The reasonable man adapts himself to the world the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. - George Bernard Shaw

* To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable but everything reasonable may be supported. - Epictetus


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