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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
1705-1715
1705-15
Related forms
matter-of-factly, adverb
matter-of-factness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matter-of-factly

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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