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[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.
Origin of matter-of-fact
Related forms
matter-of-factly, adverb
matter-of-factness, noun Unabridged
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  • Your writing style is spare and matter-of-fact, almost impressionistic.
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  • He always retrieves the thread of a conversation in a manner that's matter-of-fact or bored.
  • He answered my questions in a courteous fashion, but his tone was matter-of-fact and he did not elaborate on any of his answers.
  • For this piece, he provided matter-of-fact, occasionally opaque written responses to some of my questions.
  • That's kind of what funny about her character, her matter-of-fact nature.
  • Eventually it filtered down to us in everyday life's matter-of-fact indifference to tragedy.
  • And all students can do this in a peaceful and matter-of-fact way.
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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