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rea·son·ing

reasoning

 
pronunciation:
ri z nIng
part of speech: noun
definition: the process of using one's logical abilities to come to a conclusion about something, to make a decision, or to solve a problem.
The teacher read most of a story to her students and then asked them to use their reasoning to figure out how the story might end.I still can't understand the reasoning behind their decision. What were they thinking?
derivation: reasoningly (adv.)