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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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was Nana who matter-of-factly came to ask for a bed; and in what a state.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "Rosemary told Mr. Jordan last night," she said matter-of-factly.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • "Had an accident," Hetty said matter-of-factly, putting the last dishes on the table.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • “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 Francis Donovan
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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