- 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
Examples from the Web for matter-of-factly
“I stalked her,” Lavie says matter-of-factly when asked how she and Ivgy first met.‘Zero Motivation’: the Funny Side of the IDF
December 8, 2014
“Drew was being annoying about something,” Jonathan says matter-of-factly, straining his brain for the details of their last tiff.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars
November 25, 2014
During these conversations I will matter-of-factly mention my husband, because it feels nothing but natural for me to do so.Doctors Are Failing Their Gay Patients
September 27, 2014
“The number of opportunities I had to play drug dealers or detectives was absurd,” he says, matter-of-factly.Broadway’s Rebel, Tellin’ You to Hear It: A Portrait of Saul Williams
June 17, 2014
“They replaced me on the RL Gang,” she said matter-of-factly.Ralph Lauren Child Model, From Roadside to Runway
May 23, 2013
It was Nana who matter-of-factly came to ask for a bed; and in what a state.L'Assommoir
"Rosemary told Mr. Jordan last night," she said matter-of-factly.Rosemary
"Had an accident," Hetty said matter-of-factly, putting the last dishes on the table.Make Mine Homogenized
“Execute him, I suppose,” the harsh voice said matter-of-factly.Monkey On His Back
Charles V. De Vet
He said clearly and matter-of-factly, "I want that one, Helen."The Short Life
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.