reasoning

Part of speech: noun

The act of giving reasons; reasons given.

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Usage examples "reasoning":

  1. " Your reasoning is all right," replied his commander, " but another submarine is likely to appear at just the wrong moment, and then what?" - "The Boy Allies Under the Sea", Robert L. Drake.
  2. You might remark that I have made the statement that employment in something useful is the element of happiness; but I have not proved it by reasoning, nor have I led up to it by any line of argument. - "A Jolly by Josh", "Josh".
  3. Yet here, too, Mills's simple reasoning held good. - "The Blotting Book", E. F. Benson.