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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was a Sawtooth man, and he fought the enemies of the Sawtooth as matter-of-factly as a soldier will fight for his country.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • It was Nana who matter-of-factly came to ask for a bed; and in what a state.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Talking to him matter-of-factly, but grimly: "I promise you that we'll take care of Stutsman!"

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • "Rosemary told Mr. Jordan last night," she said matter-of-factly.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • He found himself admiring the men who went so matter-of-factly about the job of hurling a rocket into the gulfs between planets.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
Word Origin and History for matter-of-factly


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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