un- + reason + -able
unreasonable (comparative more unreasonable, superlative most unreasonable)
- Without the ability to reason; unreasoning.
- c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 3,
- Hold thy desperate hand:
- Art thou a man? thy form cries out thou art:
- Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote
- The unreasonable fury of a beast:
- Unseemly woman in a seeming man!
- Not reasonable; going beyond what could be expected or asked for.
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Acts 25:27,
- For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.
- 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Chapter 11,
- The will of those who never allow their will to be disputed, unless they happen to be in a good humour, when they relax proportionally, is almost always unreasonable.