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.

1575–85 Unabridged
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matter of fact
1.  a fact that is undeniably true
2.  law Compare matter of law a statement of facts the truth of which the court must determine on the basis of the evidence before it
3.  philosophy a proposition that is amenable to empirical testing, as contrasted with the truths of logic or mathematics
4.  as a matter of fact actually; in fact
5.  unimaginative or emotionless: he gave a matter-of-fact account of the murder

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Word Origin & History

also matter of fact, 1570s, originally a legal term (translating L. res facti), "that portion of an enquiry concerned with the truth or falsehood of alleged facts," opposed to matter of law. Meaning "prosaic, unimaginative" is from 1787.
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