An example of matter-of-fact is someone calmly announcing the details of a death.
- Relating or adhering to facts; literal.
- Straightforward or unemotional: “the matter-of-fact tones in which the local guides describe the history of the various places” ( New York Times )
(comparative more matter-of-fact, superlative most matter-of-fact)
(plural matters of fact)
- a fact
- (idiomatic) a more factual correction
- (idiomatic) something completely true
- As a matter of fact, the car is midnight blue.
Originated in the 19th century by natural philosophers of the Royal Society in London