Fair, proper, just, moderate, suitable under the circumstances. Fit and appropriate to the end in view. Having the faculty of reason; rational; governed by reason; under the influence of reason; agreeable to reason. Thinking, speaking, or acting according to the dictates of reason. Not immoderate or excessive, being synonymous with rational, honest, equitable, fair, suitable, moderate, tolerable. Cass v. State, 124 Tex. Cr.R. 208, 61 S.W.2d 500.
As to reasonable aids
- reasonable diligence
- reasonable doubt
- reasonable notice, skill
- reasonable time
See also fair
@ reasonable act
Such as may fairly, justly, and reasonably be required of a party
@ reasonable and probable cause
Such grounds as justify any one in suspecting another of a crime, and placing him in custody thereon. It is a suspicion founded upon circumstances sufficiently strong to warrant reasonable man in belief that charge is true. Henry v. U. S., 361 U.S. 98, 80 S.Ct. 168, 4 L.Ed.2d 134; Com. v. Stewart, 358 Mass. 747, 267 N.E.2d 213.
See also probable cause.
@ reasonable belief
"Reasonable belief or "probable cause" to make an arrest without a warrant exists when facts and circumstances within arresting officer's knowledge, and of which he had reasonably trustworthy information, are sufficient in themselves to justify a man of average caution in belief that a felony has been or is being committed. State v. Johnson, 249 La. 950, 192 So.2d 135, 141.
See also probable cause
- reasonable and probable cause
The words "reasonably believes" are used throughout the Restatement, Second, Torts to denote the fact that the actor believes that a given fact or combination of facts exists, and that the circumstances which he knows, or should know, are such as to cause a reasonable man so to believe. Sec. 11
@ reasonable care
That degree of care which a person of ordinary prudence would exercise in the same or similar circumstances. Pierce v. Horvath, 142 Ind.App. 278, 233 N.E.2d 811, 815.
That degree of care which ordinarily prudent and competent person engaged in same line of business or endeavor should exercise under similar circumstances. Warner v. Kiowa County Hospital Authority, OkLApp., 551 P.2d 1179, 1188.
Due care, or ordinary care, under all the circumstances. Failure to exercise such care is ordinary negligence.
See also care
+ reasonable care
Reasonable care is such a degree of care, precaution, or diligence as may fairly and properly be expected or required, having regard to the nature of the action, or of the subject-matter, and the circumstances surrounding the transaction. It is such care as an ordinarily prudent person would exercise under the conditions existing at the time he is called upon to act. Substantially synonymous with ordinary care or due care.
@ reasonable cause
As basis for arrest without warrant, is such state of facts as would lead man of ordinary care and prudence to believe and conscientiously entertain honest and strong suspicion that person sought to be arrested is guilty of committing a crime. People v. Knutson, 60 C.A.3d 856,131 Cal.Rptr. 846, 850.
See also probable cause
- reasonable and probable cause
- reasonable belief
@ reasonable certainty, rule of
@ rule of reasonable certainty
This rule permits recovery of damages only for such future pain and suffering as is reasonably certain to result from the injury received. Prettyman v. Topkis, Del., 3 A.2d 708, 710.
To authorize recovery under such rule for permanent injury, permanency of injury must be shown with reasonable certainty, which is not mere conjecture or likelihood or ever a probability of such injury. State ex rel. Kansas City Public Service Co. v. Shain, 350 Mo. 316, 165 S.W.2d 428, 430.
To establish damages for lost profits due to breach of contract with "reasonable certainty" does not mean that such damages must be established in exact pecuniary amount; evidence must, however, lay some foundation enabling fact finder to make fair and reasonable estimate of amount of damage. Delia Ratta, Inc. v. American Better Community Developers, Inc., 38 Md.App. 119, 380 A.2d 627, 641
@ reasonable compensation
Sum which would reasonably compensate person for injuries, for pain and suffering, for past, present and future expenses reasonably necessary or incidental to his efforts to alleviate his injuries and in all pecuniary losses suffered, or to be suffered, as result of inability to engage in his usual occupation. Kavanagh v. Butorac, 140 Ind.App., 139, 221 N.E.2d 824, 828
- reasonable doubt
@ reasonable expectation doctrine
Doctrine of "reasonable expectations" is that when ambiguities exist in insurance policy they are to be resolved in accordance with the reasonable expectations of the insured. AutoOwners Ins. Co. v. Jensen, C.A.N.D., 667 F.2d 714, 721
@ reasonable force
That degree of force which is not excessive and is appropriate in protecting oneself or one's property. When such force is used, a person is justified and is not criminally liable, nor is he liable in tort
@ reasonable grounds
Reasonable grounds within statute authorizing arrest without warrant by officer who has reasonable grounds for believing that person to be arrested has committed criminal offense means substantially probable cause. Beyer v. Young, 32 Colo.App. 273, 513 P.2d 1086, 1088.
See also probable cause
- reasonable and probable cause
- reasonable cause
@ reasonable inference rule
Under this rule the trier of fact may consider as evidence not only the testimony and real evidence presented at trial but also all inferences which may be reasonably drawn, though they are not necessary inferences
- reasonable man doctrine or standard
@ reasonable needs of the business
A term used in connection with the accumulated earnings A corporation may avoid a penalty on the unreasonable accumulation of earnings if it can show that there is a reasonable business need, and a definite plan for the use of the funds. I.R.C. No. 535
- reasonable notice
@ reasonable part
In old English law, that share of a man's goods which the law gave to his wife and children after his decease. 2 Bl.Comm. 492
@ reasonable suspicion
Such suspicion which will justify officer, for Fourth Amendment purposes, in stopping defendant in public place is quantum of knowledge sufficient to induce ordinarily prudent and cautious man under circumstances to believe criminal activity is at hand. People v. Johnson, 56 A.D.2d 766, 392 N.Y.S.2d 294, 295.
It must be based on specific and articulable facts, which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrant intrusion. Curry v. State, Tex.App. 14 Dist., 699 S.W.2d 331, 333.
See also probable cause
- reasonable cause
@ reasonable time
Such time as is necessary conveniently to do what a contract requires to be done, and as soon as circumstances will permit. Ridglea Interests, Inc. v. General Lumber Co., Tex.Civ.App., 343 S.W.2d 490, 493.
In determining what is a "reasonable time" for performance, court should consider such factors as relationships between parties, subject matter of contract, and time that a person of ordinary diligence and prudence would use under similar circumstances. Glen Cove Marina, Inc. v. Vessel Little Jennie, D.C.N.Y., 269 F.Supp. 877, 879.
Any time which is not manifestly unreasonable may be fixed by agreement of the parties, and what is reasonable depends on the nature, purpose and circumstances of each case. U.C.C. No. 1-204(1X2).
Acceptance of an offer must be made within a reasonable time if no time is specified. U.C.C. No.No. 2-206(2), 207.
See also U.C.C. No. 2-513(1) (buyer's right to inspection of goods); No. 2-610 (anticipatory repudiation); No. 2-508(2) (substitution of conforming goods for rejected goods).
Where contract does not fix a time for performance, the law allows "reasonable time" for performance, defined as such time as is necessary, conveniently, to do what the contract requires to be done, as soon as circumstances will permit. Houston County v. Leo L. Landauer & Associates, Inc., Tex.Civ.App., 424 S.W.2d 458, 463.
See also time
+ reasonable time
Such length of time as may fairly, properly, and reasonably be allowed or required, having regard to the nature of the act or duty, or of the subject-matter, and to the attending circumstances. It is a maxim of English law that "how long a 'reasonable time' ought to be is not defined in law, but is left to the discretion of the judges." Twin Lick Oil Co. v. Marbury, 91 U.S. 587, 591, 23 L.Ed. 328.
@ reasonable use theory
A riparian owner may make reasonable use of his water for either natural or artificial wants. However, he may not so use his rights so as to affect the quantity or quality of water available to a lower riparian owner. Tucker v. Bodoian, 376 Mass. 907, 384 N.E.2d 1195.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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