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sufficient reason

n
1. (Logic) the principle that nothing happens by pure chance, but that an explanation must always be available
2. (Philosophy) the view that such an explanation is a reason for God to have chosen one alternative rather than another
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The reason she gave for her decision -- no doubt a sufficient reason in her estimation -did not at the time, and does not now, seem sufficient to me.
As for the bride, she was now in her honeymoon, and so passionately fond of her new husband that he never appeared to her to be in the wrong; and his displeasure against any person was a sufficient reason for her dislike to the same.
The very circumstance of his being her father's choice too, was so much in his disfavour, that had he been deserving her, in every other respect yet THAT of itself ought to have been a sufficient reason in the Eyes of Janetta for rejecting him.
But it truly is "monotonous and uninviting," and there is no sufficient reason for describing it as being otherwise.
If by good and sufficient reason Mr Boffin meant honest and unimpeachable reason, that might weigh with Mr Venus against his personal wishes and convenience.
The disturbed state of the town would be, he knew, a sufficient reason for demanding the murderer's committal to prison before daybreak, as no man could answer for the security of any of the watch-houses or ordinary places of detention; and to convey a prisoner through the streets when the mob were again abroad, would not only be a task of great danger and hazard, but would be to challenge an attempt at rescue.
And now, I began to wonder at myself for being in the coach, and to doubt whether I had sufficient reason for being there, and to consider whether I should get out presently and go back, and to argue against ever heeding an anonymous communication, and, in short, to pass through all those phases of contradiction and indecision to which I suppose very few hurried people are strangers.
Most of his time was spent in the eye of the ship scanning the horizon ahead, as though he were endowed with sufficient reason to know that the vessel was bound for some port where there would be other human beings to undergo his searching scrutiny.
A sufficient reason was discovered for the extraordinary appearance of a new pupil, on the day before the school closed for the holidays.
This voyage, of which the details need not be given, we had to range far afield for sufficient reasons.
Willoughby may undoubtedly have very sufficient reasons for his conduct, and I will hope that he has.
The recent attack is more than sufficient reason to believe that the militant organization has chosen Afghanistan as the new battleground.