matter-of-fact

[ mat-er-uh v-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
Related formsmat·ter-of-fact·ly, adverbmat·ter-of-fact·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matter-of-factly

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.

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