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Suitable; just; proper; ordinary; fair; usual.

The term reasonable is a generic and relative one and applies to that which is appropriate for a particular situation.

In the law of Negligence, the reasonable person standard is the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person would observe under a given set of circumstances. An individual who subscribes to such standards can avoid liability for negligence. Similarly a reasonable act is that which might fairly and properly be required of an individual.

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adj., adv. in law, just, rational, appropriate, ordinary or usual in the circumstances. It may refer to care, cause, compensation, doubt (in a criminal trial), and a host of other actions or activities.

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REASONABLE. Conformable or agreeable to reason; just; rational.
     2. An award must be reasonable, for if it be of things nugatory in themselves, and offering no advantage to either of the parties, it cannot be enforced. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2096. Vide Award.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Earlier, the President of the Independent High Authority for Elections Shafiq Sirsar called, in a press conference, on all political parties to accept reasonability in determining the shape and dates of elections, so that the country does not enter into a dangerous zone with grave consequences.
Unfortunately, all this is our reality in which we never allowed the real democracy, real civil awareness and reasonability, to be developed.
At the moment, there is no reasonability to develop the Kemin further due to the construction of a gas distribution station near Balkhash," he continued.
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