- The definition of a fact is something that is true or something that has occurred or has been proven correct.
- An example of a fact is that the world is round.
- An example of a fact is the detail about a driver texting while driving that is told to the court and reported in a news story.
It is a fact that the Earth is round.
- a deed; act: now esp. in the sense of “a criminal deed” in the phrases and : an accessory after the fact
- a thing that has actually happened or that is really true; thing that has been or is
- the state of things as they are; reality; actuality; truth: fact as distinct from fancy
- something said to have occurred or supposed to be true: to check the accuracy of one's facts
- Law an actual or alleged incident or condition, as distinguished from its legal consequence
Origin of factClassical Latin factum, that which is done, deed, fact, neuter past participle of facere, do
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- basic information about sexual reproduction
- the harsh, unpleasant facts about a situation in life
- Knowledge or information based on real occurrences: an account based on fact; a blur of fact and fancy.
- a. Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed: Genetic engineering is now a fact. That Chaucer was a real person is an undisputed fact.b. A real occurrence; an event: had to prove the facts of the case.c. Something believed to be true or real: a document laced with mistaken facts.
- A thing that has been done, especially a crime: an accessory before the fact.
- Law A conclusion drawn by a judge or jury from the evidence in a case: a finding of fact.
Origin of factLatin factum, deed, from neuter past participle of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: Since the word fact means “a real occurrence, something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed,” the phrases true facts and real facts, as in The true facts of the case may never be known, would seem to be redundant. But fact has a long history of use in the sense of “an allegation of fact” or “something that is believed to be true,” as in this remark by union leader Albert Shanker: “This tract was distributed to thousands of American teachers, but the facts and the reasoning are wrong.” This usage has led to the notion of “incorrect facts,” which causes qualms among critics who insist that facts must be true. The usages, however, are often helpful in making distinctions or adding emphasis.
- (archaic) Action; the realm of action.
- He had become an accessory after the fact.
- An honest observation.
- Something actual as opposed to invented.
- In this story, the Gettysburg Address is a fact, but the rest is fiction.
- Something which has become real.
- The promise of television became a fact in the 1920s.
- Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
- Let's look at the facts of the case before deciding.
- An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of people.
- There is no doubting the fact that the Earth orbits the Sun.
- Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.
- The facts about space travel.
- (Something actual): fiction
- Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.
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fact - Legal Definition
Something that exists or has happened; an irreducible element of real existence or occurrence.collateral fact
A fact that is not central to the main issue or controversy.evidentiary fact
A fact that tends to prove, or is a necessary prerequisite for the proof of, another fact.jurisdictional fact.
Such a fact as must exist before a court will exercise jurisdiction over a matter; for example, in a diversity case in federal court, that the parties are citizens of different states and that the amount in controversy is above a threshold level.probative fact
See evidentiary fact.ultimate fact
An essential fact, arrived at by inference from the evidence and testimony, that causes the final determination or conclusion of law.