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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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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301.9100-3 required him to demonstrate that he acted reasonably and in good faith and that the late election would not prejudice the government's interests.
The scope of a party's duty to preserve evidence remains unsettled, but many courts have articulated a test whereby a party must preserve all evidence they know or have reason to know is (i) relevant to a pending action, (ii) reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence, (iii) reasonably likely to be requested in discovery, and/or (iv) the subject of a pending discovery request.
The New Regulations apply broadly to any "controlled services transaction." A controlled services transaction occurs when a commonly controlled party undertakes an activity that gives another controlled party a reasonably identifiable increment of economic or commercial value ("benefit").
A camp that hosts adult programs may well determine it has greater likelihood of needing an AED than other camps; a camp that serves people with cardiac problems could reasonably anticipate needing an AED more than camps with noncardiac populations.