matter of fact


noun

something of a factual nature, as an actual occurrence.
Law. a statement or allegation to be judged on the basis of the evidence.

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Origin of matter of fact

First recorded in 1575–85

Definition for matter of fact (2 of 2)

matter-of-fact
[ mat-er-uhv-fakt ]
/ ˈmæt ər əvˈfækt /

adjective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM matter-of-fact

matter-of-factly, adverbmatter-of-factness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for matter of fact

matter of fact

noun

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 itCompare 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

adjective matter-of-fact

unimaginative or emotionlesshe gave a matter-of-fact account of the murder
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