matter of course


noun

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

Definition for matter of course (2 of 2)

matter-of-course
[ mat-er-uhv-kawrs, -kohrs ]
/ ˈmæt ər əvˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs /

adjective

occurring or proceeding in or as if in the logical, natural, or customary course of things; expected or inevitable.
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.

Origin of matter-of-course

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for matter of course

matter of course

noun

an event or result that is natural or inevitable

adjective matter-of-course

(usually postpositive) occurring as a matter of course
accepting things as inevitable or naturala matter-of-course attitude
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