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I simply can't bring myself to use unreasonableness, but can think of no synonym or alternate form with comparable meaning.

I'll restructure if necessary, but wonder if I'm missing a suitable alternative.

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To advocate for the devil a bit: unreasonability. –  Jon Purdy Jan 20 '11 at 7:10

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You could try contrariness, obduracy, or obstinacy.

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Here are a few alternatives to "unreasonableness"

  • inflexibility
  • immovability
  • intransigence
  • intractability
  • stubbornness
  • recalcitrance
  • willfulness
  • contrariness
  • doggedness
  • single-mindedness
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How about irrationality, or pigheadedness for that vernacular charm? Incorrigibility could also fit, as could idiocy, although I think those are deviating from "unreasonableness." Megalomania most likely doesn't work, but it's a wonderful word. :)

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You could try obstinance for someone being willfully unreasonable or obtuseness if it's more a matter of their nature.

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Obstinacy would probably get a better reaction. –  TimLymington Dec 10 '13 at 23:29

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