reason against (something)

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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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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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He was reasoning against the desire, which had returned with intensity, to take her in his arms; to have done with indirectness; to explain exactly what he felt.
By 2015, in Obergefell's dissents, US reasoning against same-sex marriage abandoned old arguments and simply asked to resolve this by democratic process in Congress, not by unelected justices.
Flaying the Modi government's strident move to get everything linked to this national identification number, Chidamabaram said the "government is completely deaf" to any reasoning against linking Aadhaar to everything under the sun.
The solid waste authority's reasoning against the disposal of drilling waste included the fear the waste could be radioactive, as well as a fear that the landfill's lifespan could decrease substantially.
government's interest in a federal case - in this instance, its interest in "the rights of individuals to be free from unconstitutional and abusive policing." The statement lays out the legal reasoning against anti-camping laws, and signals that such reasoning is well within the legal mainstream.
Mr Kinnock was spot-on in his condemnation of wind turbines, and used the same logical reasoning against them that I and others have used for many of the ensuing years.
"The players understand the manager's reasoning against United and it is up to the players and staff to get the win against Burnley.
"This further delay unfortunately carries with it concern that the penalty and reasoning against Mr Burke may have been influenced by matters irrelevant to his case."
His reasoning against Trinidad and Tobago would have been particularly galling to a man as proud as Owen.
She does so with language, naturally, but she also presents picture after picture so that we can follow her line of reasoning against the evidence of what William Carlos Williams called "the thing itself." That phrase, a statement of a poet's hard search for a rock-bottom truth, gets at what Malcolm is trying to indicate and illustrate - the ambiguous nature of photographs, with their claim of objectivity pulling against the photographer's desire to summon metaphors and assert ideas, propositions, ideologies.
The reasoning against these treatments was that if a company were permitted to use them, you wouldn't have an effective set of standards and wouldn't achieve the objective of worldwide comparability of financial information.
It is impossible to imagine any single economist, or group of economists, successfully reasoning against price controls with Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, or Richard Nixon and their Congresses in 1917, 1942, 1950, and 1971.