- 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
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.
Origin of matter of fact
Examples from the Web for matter-of-fact
Cooke writes, “In our conversations among the band she has revealed in a matter-of-fact way that she has had affairs with women.”Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
November 8, 2014
The scene is written with a matter-of-fact restraint that lends it great power.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life
August 9, 2014
He was a gay bro, whose gay-ness was probably the most matter-of-fact thing about him.How 'The Mindy Project' Star Adam Pally Became Hollywood's Go-To 'Bro'
August 6, 2014
That throat slit is so real, so jarring, and so matter-of-fact.Eli Roth, Director of ‘The Green Inferno,’ On His Favorite Bloody Movie Kills
September 14, 2013
Her matter-of-fact voice makes the resemblance unmistakable: “A Murky Fate” begins with “This is what happened.”This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 4, 2013
Jimmy So, G. Clay Whittaker, Tunku Varadarajan
February 4, 2013
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.
"And, while the two of you were talking," Demarest continued in a matter-of-fact manner.
Her tones as she spoke were quite as matter-of-fact as his own had been.
"They needed 'er theirselves," explained the mate in a matter-of-fact way.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
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 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
- unimaginative or emotionlesshe gave a matter-of-fact account of the murder
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.