Reasonable describes someone or something that's sensible and fair, like your teacher who gives reasonable homework assignments — they don't take you forever to do and they relate to what you are studying.

If you're reasonable, you have good sense and judgment. A reasonable decision is rational and thought out, like your mom's reasonable rule about not eating crumbly foods in her car. When you describe a store's prices as reasonable, you mean they're fair — not too high. And if you are given a reasonable amount of time to do a project for school, you have no excuse for it being late.

Definitions of reasonable
  1. adjective
    showing reason or sound judgment
    synonyms: sensible
    fair, just
    free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning
    consistent with or based on or using reason
    commonsense, commonsensible, commonsensical
    exhibiting native good judgment
    healthy, intelligent, level-headed, levelheaded, sound
    exercising or showing good judgment
    tenable, well-founded
    based on sound reasoning or evidence
    well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
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    not reasonable; not showing good judgment
    illogical, unlogical
    lacking in correct logical relation
    beyond reasonable limits
    not consistent with or using reason
    contrary to what common sense would suggest
    indefensible, untenable
    (of theories etc) incapable of being defended or justified
    mindless, reasonless, senseless
    not marked by the use of reason
    undue, unjustified, unwarranted
    lacking justification or authorization
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  2. adjective
    marked by sound judgment
    synonyms: sane
    consistent with or based on or using reason
  3. adjective
    not excessive or extreme
    reasonable prices”
    synonyms: fair, fairish
    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
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