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[fakt] /fækt/
noun
1.
something that actually exists; reality; truth:
Your fears have no basis in fact.
2.
something known to exist or to have happened:
Space travel is now a fact.
3.
a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true:
Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
4.
something said to be true or supposed to have happened:
The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
5.
Law.. Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence.
Idioms
6.
after the fact, Law. after the commission of a crime:
an accessory after the fact.
7.
before the fact, Law. prior to the commission of a crime:
an accessory before the fact.
8.
in fact, actually; really; indeed:
In fact, it was a wonder that anyone survived.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin factum something done, deed, noun use of neuter of factus done, past participle of facere to do1
Related forms
factful, adjective
Can be confused
facts, FAQs, fax.
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  • He did not hesitate to alter his views when newly discovered facts demanded it.
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  • As our collection of facts and figures grows, so will the opportunity to find answers to fundamental questions.
  • Being an intellectual had more to do with fashioning fresh ideas than with finding fresh facts.
  • We believe the facts our politics tell us to believe.
British Dictionary definitions for facts

fact

/fækt/
noun
1.
an event or thing known to have happened or existed
2.
a truth verifiable from experience or observation
3.
a piece of information: get me all the facts of this case
4.
(law) (often pl) an actual event, happening, etc, as distinguished from its legal consequences. Questions of fact are decided by the jury, questions of law by the court or judge
5.
(philosophy) a proposition that may be either true or false, as contrasted with an evaluative statement
6.
(criminal law) after the fact, after the commission of the offence: an accessory after the fact
7.
(criminal law) before the fact, before the commission of the offence
8.
as a matter of fact, in fact, in point of fact, in reality or actuality
9.
fact of life, an inescapable truth, esp an unpleasant one
10.
the fact of the matter, the truth
Derived Forms
factful, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin factum something done, from factus made, from facere to make
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Word Origin and History for facts

fact

n.

1530s, "action," especially "evil deed," from Latin factum "event, occurrence," literally "thing done," neuter past participle of facere "to do" (see factitious). Usual modern sense of "thing known to be true" appeared 1630s, from notion of "something that has actually occurred." Facts of life "harsh realities" is from 1854; specific sense of "human sexual functions" first recorded 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for facts

facts

Related Terms

hard facts


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with facts

fact

In addition to the idiom beginning with
fact
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