To stand to reason

to be reasonable; to be expected.

See also: Stand

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
For, it inscrutably appeared to stand to reason, in the minds of the whole company, that I was an excrescence on the entertainment.
After listening to Stand to Reason director, Jonathan Naess, outline the campaign to overturn the 400 year-old law which bans "idiots" and "lunatics" from standing as MPs and how it was considered a victory to have got a question on this issue raised in the House of Commons, I reflected with my public affairs manager how different it is for us.