matter of fact

See synonyms for: matter of factmatter-of-factly on

  1. something of a factual nature, as an actual occurrence.

  2. Law. a statement or allegation to be judged on the basis of the evidence.

Origin of matter of fact

First recorded in 1575–85

Other definitions for matter-of-fact (2 of 2)

[ mat-er-uhv-fakt ]

  1. adhering strictly to fact; not imaginative; prosaic; dry; commonplace: a matter-of-fact account of the political rally.

  2. direct or unemotional; straightforward; down-to-earth.

Origin of matter-of-fact

First recorded in1705–15

Other words from matter-of-fact

  • matter-of-factly, adverb
  • matter-of-factness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use matter of fact in a sentence

  • "Goodness, we could always sell the ranch," said Betty, so matter-of-factly that the girls chuckled.

  • "Sure there are lions and tigers," Charlie said matter-of-factly.

    A World Called Crimson | Darius John Granger
  • But presently, being savages, they accepted it matter-of-factly.

    The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
  • His last words were spoken matter-of-factly, and Ross believed he meant exactly what he said.

    The Time Traders | Andre Norton
  • He made another entry in the log and matter-of-factly drew a small quantity of blood from his own vein and called to Murgatroyd.

    Pariah Planet | Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for matter of fact

matter of fact

  1. a fact that is undeniably true

  2. law a statement of facts the truth of which the court must determine on the basis of the evidence before it: Compare matter of law

  1. philosophy a proposition that is amenable to empirical testing, as contrasted with the truths of logic or mathematics

  2. as a matter of fact actually; in fact

  1. unimaginative or emotionless: he gave a matter-of-fact account of the murder

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