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Should I write "it stands without reason that accuracy is of utmost importance" or "it stands to reason that accuracy is of utmost importance?"
The latter is the only I can find in online dictionaries.
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The common idiom is "It stands to reason", meaning "It makes sense" or "It is expected". I've never seen any other variant, and at least some internet resources show the same.
"It stands to reason that ..." Is basically a synonym for "Based on the reasoning provided, ...". For example,
"It stands without reason that ..." I have always understood to mean, "It needs no explanation that ...". For example,
But as we have seen, this idiom doesn't appear in any significant usage on the Internet so it could be a regionalism or just my own mistake. If it were my paper, I would use "it needs no explanation".
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