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Reasonable, 1) endued with, or conformable to, reason: “their understanding begins to swell, and the approaching tide will shortly fill the r. shore,” Tp. V, 81 (== the shore of reason? or, by a prolepsis, the shore which is thus restored to reason?). “my jealousy is r.” Wiv. IV, 2, 155 (cf. Wiv. IV, 2, 155). “a r. creature,” Ado I, 1, 71. Merch. I, 2, 119. “out of all r. match,” As III, 2, 87. “incapable of r. affairs,” Wint. IV, 4, 409. “a r. man,” Wint. IV, 4, 409 “my r. part produces reason,” John III, 4, 54. “all things thought upon that may with r. swiftness add more feathers to our wings,” H5 I, 2, 306 (a wise, considerate swiftness). “your purpose is both good and r.” H6A V, 1, 36.
2) equitable: “you shall find me r.” Wiv. I, 1, 217. “upon any r. demands,” Wiv. I, 1, 217 “my pension shall seem the more r.” H4B I, 2, 276. “it is a quarrel just and r.” R3 I, 2, 136.
3) tolerable, not immoderate: “if he be of any r. stature,” Wiv. III, 3, 138. “out of all r. compass,” H4A III, 3, 26. “a r. measure,” H5 V, 2, 141. Used adverbially by Bottom and Fluellen: Mids. IV, 1, 31. H5 III, 6, 104.
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