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To stand to reason

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To stand to reason to be reasonable; to be expected.
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Usage

In literature:

It does not stand to reason that a girl would wear the same pair of stockings twelve years.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
It seemed to stand to reason that true merit would find its reward.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
It's my avowed belief that my nephew there could not stir if his life depended on it; it stands to reason.
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
Stands to reason that shipyards and docks and sailorses' saloons ain't laid out for beauty.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
Stands to reason that a man's no right to sign away his liberty.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
It stands to-day one of the wonders to him that tries to reason.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
If I can do that with a waltz, it stands to reason that with something classic there'd be no holding me.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
Very well, it stands to reason.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
If there was trouble brewing, there was all the more reason for him to stand at his post.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Haven't you ever suspected the reason why he would not stand up to me?
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Doesn't it stand to reason?
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
It stands to reason there can't be much spying done in any country.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
For this reason I ask him, and I ask you too, to stand clear of this affair.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Let us use our reason, and not stand in relation to each other as two parties.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Stands to reason, sir, as they can't go on always as they do.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
There is a reason, however, why Kipling wished that last sentence to stand alone.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
You stand between them, wise as the one, gentle as the other, and you do not care for me enough to let affection hoodwink reason.
"Moods" by Louisa May Alcott
Don't stand to reason that only one man out of the whole outfit should turn up alive, does it?
"Elam Storm, The Wolfer" by Harry Castlemon
It stands to reason it should be so.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
And it stands to reason the proprietors have the best of it, otherwise how could they run such a gorgeous house?
"The Missing Tin Box" by Arthur M. Winfield
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In poetry:

And when, as now, the Fall and its accidents
Drove him from God to human society,
Still Reason, Religion, and Frankness
Stand as the pruners of Freedom's rankness:
"Freedom (In Alcaics.)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
—But that stands against reason: what is power to a dead man,
dead under torture? —What is power to a man
Living, after the flesh is content? Reason is never a root,
neither of act nor desire.
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers
The fairies are sorry,—they surely have reason;
To see him stand there makes their tender hearts ache;
And their queen wore half-mourning for many a season,
And rode a blackbeetle for Rubadub's sake.
"Lord Rubadub" by Menella Bute Smedley
Safe may'st thou go my canzon whither thee pleaseth
Thou art so fair attired that every man and each
Shall praise thy speech
So we have sense or glow with reason's fire,
To stand with other
hast thou no desire.
"Donna Mi Prega" by Ezra Pound
And now, one stride behind thee, and too late,
Yet true to all that reason cannot kill,
I stand before the inexorable gate
And see thy latest footstep on the sill,
And know thou canst not come, but watch and wait thee still.
"A Hero's Grave" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
His mind is filled with the counted killed
And the hope of more to come.
And the price they fling when men must swing,
Which makes a goodly sum;
For his reason waits on the law's black hates,
And, save for this, stands dumb.
"The Hangman" by William Francis Barnard

In news:

Ila Stanek, president of the West Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association, stands March 1 near a state-funded home for teen boys who are unable, for whatever reason, to be placed in foster home s.
TARBORO — Shad season started early this year, so it only stands to reason that it would end early, too, and indeed it has.
Smart people got no reason to live — and, sure, that's not quite how Randy Newman sang it, but the point stands.
It stands to reason that.
It stands to reason, therefore, that Israel, the odd man out, is increasingly becoming more isolated in the region.
It stands to reason that the popular 2003 Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo would find its way into the Disney theme parks.
With gun sales on the rise, Kopel said it stands to reason more will want to carry their weapon responsibly.
Under a new ordinance, smokers would have to leave a bar and restaurant and stand 10 feet "or a reasonable distance" from the entrance before lighting up.
"The reason why we would even consider running somebody in this race is because we're not going to let Rand determine what a Libertarian stands for," he said.
The American people should not stand for this political grandstanding, and although we don't need a grand bargain now, we want a reasonable small ball deal in the lame duck to limit the damage of the fiscal cliff.
There are four good reasons to stand up for democracy by voting "no" on Proposal 1.
Horn and Bryan Hermannsson's Pac Brew Labs is a center of good drinking in SF -- stands to reason they eat well.
We work hard for the money, so it stands to reason we're discriminating as to where it's spent.
It stands to reason that California's Silicon Valley would lead the country in establishing a network of interoperable communications for first responders.
It Stands to Reason, Skeptics Can Be Sexist Too.
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In science:

If the full GC system is perfectly isotropic, and the metal-poor component is fairly closely so, then it stands to reason that the metal-rich GC system should be close to isotropic as well.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
We will not prove it, but our techniques show great independence between different parts of an excited random walk, therefore it stands to reason that it shouldn’t be difficult.
Excited random walk in three dimensions has positive speed
Our common sense intuition then tells us that the interchange of initial and final state, hence the anti-unitary picture stands to reason.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
There may be some discrepancy in a certain particular case, even a long standing one, but we have no reason to doubt quantum electrodynamics in its basic moments.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
In a sense, our result is not surprising since the relational structures we consider are very dense, so it stands to a reason that we can find hard instances most of the time.
Complexity of the homomorphism extension problem in the random case
In any case, it stands to reason that when both ρ′ and v ′ are real fluctuations, σ should likewise be real.
Implications of nonlinearity for spherically symmetric accretion
Since the equivalence appropriate to linear diophantine approximation is pro jective linear, it stands to reason that higher degree rational maps will provide a relevant notion of equivalence in the polynomial milieu.
Real Algebraic Number Theory II. Ideological Arithmetic
Just as the motion of a charged fluid in space-time generates a magnetic field, it stands to reason that if spacetime were distorted in the region occupied by a charged fluid, a magnetic field would emerge.
Generating vorticity and magnetic fields in plasmas in general relativity: spacetime curvature drive
Subsequently, considerable progress has been made in understanding the reasons for the large size of these corrections (for a recent overview and references see ). A long standing ob jection to the use of BFKL calculations was again raised by L.
The dipole picture of small x physics (a summary of the Amirim meeting)
Finally, it stands to reason that if we can get a handle on the tradeoff between information and disturbance for such a special case, we will be better prepared for understanding the more general one of an arbitrary efficient measurement.
Information Tradeoff Relations for Finite-Strength Quantum Measurements
The historic achievement of LEP has been to establish, with an astonishing degree of rigor and beyond all reasonable doubt, what will stand for the foreseeable future – perhaps for all time – as the working Theory of Matter.
Future Summary
Also, given the special relativistic equivalence of mass and energy, it stands to reason that anything that has energy (and momentum, but no rest mass) can equally generate a gravitational field as spacetime curvature.
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects
Since the area of a tiny ‘plaquette’ of this lattice may be taken to be Planck area ℓ2 P, it stands to reason that the ratio of the macroscopic area of the event horizon to the area of an elementary plaquette A/ℓ2 P >> 1.
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects
COC07a]. The externally applied pressure wave is not much different from an explosion that transfers a similar amount of energy in a similar amount of time. If externally applied blast pressure waves can cause traumatic brain injury, it stands to reason that internally applied ballistic pressure waves can also.
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
For reasonable sky coverage except for a galactic cut, the choice of N ′′ turns out to be quite an easy one: the best (2ℓ∗ + 1) rank one matrices clearly stand out in front of the rest of the pack, and all give quite similar error bars.
A method for extracting maximum resolution power spectra from microwave sky maps
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