have reason

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From have + reason, partly after Middle French avoir raison.

Verb[edit]

have reason

  1. (obsolete) To be right. [15th-18th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.56:
      They would have no man use it as an interjection or exclamation, not to be alleaged as a witnesse or comparison, wherein I find they have reason.
  2. To have grounds, justification etc. (to do something, or for something).
    • 2008, Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 12 December:
      The finance minister had reason to be exasperated. Britain's economic future hinges on Europe, and this is no time for animus.