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stand to reason (third-person singular simple present stands to reason, present participle standing to reason, simple past and past participle stood to reason)

  1. (idiomatic) To make sense; to seem logical, reasonable, or rational.
    If nobody asked the question yet, then it stands to reason that nobody has tried answering.
    • 2019 May 5, Danette Chavez, “Campaigns are waged on and off the Game Of Thrones battlefield (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      But if the saying that those who want to govern, shouldn’t, applies here, does it really stand to reason that reluctant, brooding, can’t-be-bothered-to-say-goodbye-to-Ghost-the-good-boy types should?

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