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matter-of-course

[mat-er-uh v-kawrs, -kohrs]
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adjective
  1. occurring or proceeding in or as if in the logical, natural, or customary course of things; expected or inevitable.
  2. accepting things as occurring in their natural course, or characterized by an acceptance of things as such: to be matter-of-course in confronting the difficulties of existence.
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Origin of matter-of-course

First recorded in 1830–40

matter of course

noun
  1. something that follows in logical, natural, or customary sequence or that is treated as such: After such reprisals, war followed as a matter of course.
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Origin of matter of course

First recorded in 1730–40
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Examples from the Web for matter-of-course

Historical Examples

  • Perhaps something in his matter-of-course way displeased her.

    Deserted

    Edward Bellamy

  • She received his approaches as a matter-of-course, without diffidence, without a blush.

  • Eleanor accepted him as a matter-of-course; that was Eleanors way.

    Three Little Women's Success

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • His voice was matter-of-course, but his look said she was magnificent.

  • When they do speak of them, it is almost always in a "matter-of-course" way.


British Dictionary definitions for matter-of-course

matter of course

noun
  1. an event or result that is natural or inevitable
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adjective matter-of-course
  1. (usually postpositive) occurring as a matter of course
  2. accepting things as inevitable or naturala matter-of-course attitude
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