- something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
- something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
- a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
- something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
- Law. Often facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence.Compare question of fact, question of law.
- after the fact, Law. after the commission of a crime: an accessory after the fact.
- before the fact, Law. prior to the commission of a crime: an accessory before the fact.
- in fact, actually; really; indeed: In fact, it was a wonder that anyone survived.
Origin of fact
Examples from the Web for facts
Of course, to call out pinkwashing is not to deny the facts.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.
Hitchcock always insisted the scene was important, that “the public has to have the facts.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Facts concern what really is happening to us; truths, who we really are.
Humans are funniest when they weep and tremble before, like you say, 'the facts in the case.'The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Nonsense," he laughed, with the air of a man certain of his facts.Viviette
William J. Locke
All these answers, were in truth no replies at all, for they did not disprove the facts.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It can make constant progress when it keeps abreast of all the facts.
I mention these facts only because they help me to make myself clearer.The Conquest of Fear
- an event or thing known to have happened or existed
- a truth verifiable from experience or observation
- a piece of informationget me all the facts of this case
- law (often plural) an actual event, happening, etc, as distinguished from its legal consequences. Questions of fact are decided by the jury, questions of law by the court or judge
- philosophy a proposition that may be either true or false, as contrasted with an evaluative statement
- after the fact criminal law after the commission of the offencean accessory after the fact
- before the fact criminal law before the commission of the offence
- as a matter of fact, in fact or in point of fact in reality or actuality
- fact of life an inescapable truth, esp an unpleasant one
- the fact of the matter the truth
Word Origin and History for facts
1530s, "action," especially "evil deed," from Latin factum "event, occurrence," literally "thing done," neuter past participle of facere "to do" (see factitious). Usual modern sense of "thing known to be true" appeared 1630s, from notion of "something that has actually occurred." Facts of life "harsh realities" is from 1854; specific sense of "human sexual functions" first recorded 1913.