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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
First recorded in 1705-15
Related forms
matter-of-factly, adverb
matter-of-factness, noun

matter of fact

something of a factual nature, as an actual occurrence.
Law. a statement or allegation to be judged on the basis of the evidence.
First recorded in 1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And really they're the most unemotional and matter-of-fact couple I ever saw.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I married your son this morning," she said in a matter-of-fact tone.

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

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Her tones as she spoke were quite as matter-of-fact as his own had been.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "They needed 'er theirselves," explained the mate in a matter-of-fact way.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
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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