as a matter of course
see matter of course.
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assertive, pragmatic, categorical, reasoned, naturally, unquestionably, undoubtedly, automatically, routinely, generally, commonly, consistently, habitually, normally, traditionally, authoritarian, authoritative, axiomatic, canonical, deducible
- as . . . as,
- as a matter of fact,
- as a rule,
- as a whole,
- as all getout,
- as best one can
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