a given

a given

Something that can be assumed or relied upon. My vote isn't a given, you know—you still need to prove to me that you can handle this job.
See also: given

given

1. Designated. If you're not here at the given time tomorrow, the bus is going to leave without you!
2. Considering. Given the rainy weather, we had to cancel the picnic.
References in classic literature ?
In America, and (as I hear) on the continent of Europe also, when your host invites you to dine at a given hour, you pay him the compliment of arriving punctually at his house.
The IRS noted that authorities such as those cited above generally apply federal income tax principles to determine a single character for a given transaction.
For many (including me) who as baseball fans came of age after the American League had adopted the "designated pinch-hitter" for the 1973 season, the DH is a given, but it should be remembered that the introduction of the DH represented a drastic rules change.
It is clear from the data that some companies are more productive than others, and generate higher revenue growth from a given level of resources.
The statistics of the results confimed the spooky behavior of photons--forcing one into a given state forces the other (SN: 1/11/86, p.28).
Moreover, the client should understand that the advice given reflects professional judgment based on a given situation and the stated or assumed facts.