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matter of fact

noun
1.
something of a factual nature, as an actual occurrence.
2.
Law. a statement or allegation to be judged on the basis of the evidence.
Origin of matter of fact
1575-1585
1575-85

matter-of-fact

[mat-er-uh v-fakt] /ˈmæt ər əvˈfækt/
adjective
1.
adhering strictly to fact; not imaginative; prosaic; dry; commonplace:
a matter-of-fact account of the political rally.
2.
direct or unemotional; straightforward; down-to-earth.
Origin
1705-15
Related forms
matter-of-factly, adverb
matter-of-factness, noun
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  • The woman had risen already, and in a matter-of-fact way was putting a plate and cup, evidently for me.

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  • "And, while the two of you were talking," Demarest continued in a matter-of-fact manner.

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  • He was no stranger to New York, and usually he took his cities as they came, with a matter-of-fact nonchalance.

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British Dictionary definitions for matter-of-fact

matter of fact

noun
1.
a fact that is undeniably true
2.
(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
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
adjective
5.
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.

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