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be taken for granted

1. To be considered innately true, real, or correct; to be anticipated as always being available or at hand. The plenitude of our natural resources has been taken for granted by people for most of human history. I guess we had taken for granted that our kids would stick around this town and take care of us when we get older.
2. To be underestimated or undervalued; to not be properly appreciated or recognized. I've decided to go out and start my own business, because I'm sick of being taken for granted in this huge corporation.
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Mersault, on the other hand, is a citizen of a French state in which his individuality has been taken for granted at least since the time of Descartes; and yet, this historical privilege of Western man is finally revealed to be meaningless.
She hailed them as unsung heroines who have been taken for granted for too long.
Velasquez Institute spokesman Michael Bustamante said the group's poll indicates voters are taking the race seriously and don't want to be taken for granted.
Yet having learned from their Conceptual-art predecessors, they do not completely abandon the goal of criticality--its effectiveness is simply no longer taken for granted.
Either way, a black right now taken for granted in the Tom Joyner/Tavis Smiley era--being allowed to discuss political and social issues on national and local television--was paid in full by those who had to fight for it.
It was basically taken for granted that the mistake was not intentional.
The answer is because 1) your generosity will be taken for granted, 2) parents will not know what to expect, 3) you will not know what to expect, 4) the absence of a policy could impact your income and 5) you will grow to resent that-little-rascal-Susie-for-missing-her-music-lesson-again-this -week-and-while-we-are-on-the-subjectwhy-aren't-her-parents-taking-music -as-seriously-as-soccer-anyway?
The magnitude off he Wright Brothers' accomplishment is, I think, taken for granted.
I don't have to tell you which community is more likely to be taken for granted, exploited, or dismissed by politicians, government agencies, and businesses.
Champion Michael Schumacher admitted it was almost taken for granted he would extend his contract with Ferrari until the end of the 2006 season.
Scrap brokers and dealers are learning all too well that the continued existence of close-to-home scrap destinations cannot be taken for granted.
In a biographical note, he writes that he "was born and spent (his) childhood in conservative sectarian Christianity in which biblical literalism and infallibility were taken for granted.
These saints, he writes, established monastic centres `not only of learning and faith, but of a central truth of that faith which can so easily be taken for granted today: the unconditional love of God for all men and women, regardless of social status or of cultural or ethnic origin'.
The links to Holland, Denmark, Italy and France are traced with great fervour: those with England are generally taken for granted.
SOMEONE recently said Michael Jordan is over the hill, another felt he was taken for granted.