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noun [uncountable] American English pronunciation: reasoning /ˈriz(ə)nɪŋ/
  1. the process of thinking about something in an intelligent sensible way in order to make a decision or form an opinion

    It's difficult to understand the judge's reasoning in this case.

    reasoning behind:

    The reasoning behind this decision appears to be sound.

    line of reasoning (=a way of looking at a problem):

    That's an interesting line of reasoning.

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