matter of course

noun phrase

: something that is to be expected as a natural or logical consequence

Examples of matter of course in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Actually, parties really matter of course, but having inspired motivated voters who want to vote for the candidate party matters more. Foreign Affairs, 29 Dec. 2016 As a matter of course, pundits and academics quarrel about political descriptors. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matter of course was in 1739

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“Matter of course.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

matter of course

: something that may be expected as a result of something else

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