reason against

reason against (something)

To attempt to use logical reasoning in order to disprove, counter, or dissuade someone from something. You're wasting your breath trying to reason against his dumb arguments. It doesn't matter how much logic or truth you present, it's still not going to change his mind. I kept trying to reason against the board's decision, but they were determined to follow through with their plan.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reason against something

to argue against something, using reason. I can hardly be expected to reason against a silly argument like that! I reasoned against it, but they paid no attention to me.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Another reason against Kumho Tire's sale is the fact that it is the only company producing tires for Korea's warplanes including the F-16, F4 and F5, and the T-50 advanced trainer.
Although there is no medical reason against having babies late in life, the prevalence of complications such as Hypertension, Diabetes and the high rate of Caesarean Sections call for a very close monitoring of elderly pregnant women.
For a third reason against an increase in transport fares, Pulido cited 'the correlation of historical data' between fuel prices and fares between 2014 and 2016.
They are accused, the lawyer added, of violence that caused a physical disability of over 20% and for using violence without legitimate reason against individuals in the exercise of their duties of otherwise incidentally to such exercise, in compliance with articles 219 and 101 of the Penal Code.
This journey of mine started off with one reason against the odds, and it was enough reason for me.
Sudan has been subject to a US trade embargo since 1997 and the conflict in Darfur has been given as a reason against lifting sanctions.
North East Labour politicians have said in Parliament that the fact that Newcastle voted against a powerful elected mayor three years ago is a valid reason against moves to create such a position covering the whole of the North East.
And perhaps this highlights the best reason against electoral reform.
It may not be easy in any case to pass up your aunt's famous kugel, but if you feel satisfied before it's placed in front of you, you can at least think clearly enough to reason against devouring a whole pan of it.
The other reason against scrapping the deal is that it would be difficult to put in place an alternative as the existing fleet of Mi- 8 helicopters, which are being used to ferry VVIPs, are running on extended life.
"In terms of the risk of suicide I didn't think it was a reason against discharge," she said.
"At the time I was just upset at him calling the trainer out for no obvious reason against my buddy, Stan, in a five-setter.
Looking back to the match in Geneva, Federer yesterday said: "I was just upset at him calling the trainer out for no obvious reason against my buddy, Stan, in a five-setter.
Therefore, let us now examine another reason against the building of 22,470 new homes in the district and why they are excessive to our future housing growth.