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matter of fact

something of a factual nature, as an actual occurrence.
Law. a statement or allegation to be judged on the basis of the evidence.
Origin of matter of fact


[mat-er-uh v-fakt] /ˈmæt ər əvˈfækt/
adhering strictly to fact; not imaginative; prosaic; dry; commonplace:
a matter-of-fact account of the political rally.
direct or unemotional; straightforward; down-to-earth.
Related forms
matter-of-factly, adverb
matter-of-factness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for matter of fact

matter of fact

a fact that is undeniably true
(law) a statement of facts the truth of which the court must determine on the basis of the evidence before it Compare matter of law
(philosophy) a proposition that is amenable to empirical testing, as contrasted with the truths of logic or mathematics
as a matter of fact, actually; in fact
unimaginative or emotionless: he gave a matter-of-fact account of the murder
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Word Origin and History for matter of fact


also matter of fact, 1570s as a noun, originally a legal term (translating Latin res facti), "that portion of an enquiry concerned with the truth or falsehood of alleged facts," opposed to matter of law. As an adjective from 1712. Meaning "prosaic, unimaginative" is from 1787. Related: Matter-of-factly; matter-of-factness. German Tatsache is said to be a loan-translation of the English word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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