Meaning of unreasonable in English:


Pronunciation /ʌnˈriːzənəbl/

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  • 1Not guided by or based on good sense.

    ‘she knew she was being unreasonable, but she resented his domesticity’
    • ‘Of course, there are those that would be displeased no matter what he does secondary to their unreasonable bias.’
    • ‘That recommendation could not be dismissed, and was not attacked, as unreasonable or illogical.’
    • ‘It is not to the point that the appellant was unco-operative or even unreasonable.’
    • ‘Historians have described Hooke as a difficult and unreasonable man but in many ways this is a harsh judgement.’
    • ‘It excused irrational and unreasonable behaviour, allowed people to shirk their duties.’
    • ‘It is not just unreasonable to be biased in our own favour, it is also naïve.’
    • ‘The second issue is whether the decision was irrational or Wednesbury unreasonable.’
    • ‘It was held that the conduct of the Secretary of State was so unreasonable as to verge on the irrational and absurd.’
    • ‘It is not an unreasonable question from the community's point of view to ask again: to whom are you accountable?’
    • ‘There's no-one in the mix who is likely to take an unreasonable stand.’
    • ‘How else would I be able to argue that the only response that would be unreasonable would be atomic war…?’
    • ‘They will need to be bold, and not a little brutal, even unreasonable in the short term, to break the log jam.’
    • ‘He felt that the young men were being unreasonable and threatening.’
    • ‘Some citizens took the not unreasonable view that something had gone a bit askew if only naughty people were carrying arms.’
    • ‘He explained that if he were to set unreasonable prices, people would simply shop elsewhere.’
    • ‘Coun Sheila Bailey has also accused the council of being unreasonable.’
    • ‘This may not seem unreasonable until one discovers that Hope patients are taken elsewhere for this type of surgery.’
    • ‘The couple were married for six years, but she is in the process of divorcing him on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.’
    • ‘Either they buy too much, with the selfish aim of making themselves rich, or they sell too soon in an unreasonable panic.’
    • ‘So you think that it's unreasonable for them to have come to that conclusion?’
    uncooperative, obstructive, unhelpful, disobliging, unaccommodating, troublesome, awkward, contrary, difficult, tiresome, annoying, vexatious
    unacceptable, preposterous, outrageous, ludicrous, absurd, senseless, nonsensical, irrational, illogical
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    1. 1.1Beyond the limits of acceptability or fairness.
      ‘an unreasonable request’
      • ‘I ask to move it to another date - not an unreasonable request, I'd have thought.’
      • ‘There was nothing unreasonable about his request that the government should at least sound out the British.’
      • ‘I think asking Mr Peters to live by his own standard is not an unreasonable request.’
      • ‘Householders will only be prosecuted in extreme cases for using excessive unreasonable force.’
      • ‘There is no limit to the punishment except that it must not be unreasonable.’
      • ‘They took up a disproportionate amount of teachers' time and caused unreasonable stress.’
      • ‘The relocation will not cause him undue hardship and nor is it unreasonable to expect him to relocate.’
      • ‘We have to make sure we get it right and given the size of the contract it is not unreasonable.’
      • ‘Lee's demands for these payments were unreasonable and contrary to the contract.’
      • ‘In contrast, an unreasonable delay will be a violation if it is due mainly to the actions of the state.’
      • ‘It seems a tad unreasonable to sue your customer base and then expect them to buy poor quality music to fix the situation.’
      • ‘On the contrary, he suggests they often have unreasonable demands and are now taking the health service for granted.’
      • ‘Mrs Craven, 61, said she had not been unreasonable in refusing access so far.’
      • ‘Mr Trembath claimed it was unreasonable to charge for the privilege of mooring there, when it was only for a short period of time.’
      • ‘He said industry guidelines indicated doctors who agreed to prepare a report must do so without unreasonable delay.’
      • ‘I don't think it's unreasonable to ask the Government to test the confidence of the House.’
      • ‘Many employers now have shareholders who are demanding very unreasonable rates of return.’
      • ‘In a strong defence of his position, he said that nobody had the right to say unreasonable things about him.’
      • ‘It is not unreasonable to give the defense the time they need to examine this evidence.’
      • ‘Not only have the prices gone up but also some patrons believe they were ushered out at an unreasonable hour.’
      excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extreme, over the limit, exaggerated, extravagant, overblown, overripe, too much, unreasonable, needless, disproportionate, undue, unwarranted, uncalled for, unnecessary, going too far
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