Fact meaning

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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.

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(law) A conclusion drawn by a judge or jury from the evidence in a case.

A finding of fact.

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Knowledge or information based on real occurrences.

An account based on fact; a blur of fact and fancy.

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A thing that has actually happened or that is really true; thing that has been or is.
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Federation Against Copyright Theft.
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Something which has become real.

The promise of television became a fact in the 1920s.

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Something actual as opposed to invented.

In this story, the Gettysburg Address is a fact, but the rest is fiction.

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The state of things as they are; reality; actuality; truth.

Fact as distinct from fancy.

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Something that exists or has happened; an irreducible element of real existence or occurrence.
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He had become an accessory after the fact.
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Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.
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Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.

Let's look at the facts of the case before deciding.

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(archaic) Action; the realm of action.
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Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.

The facts about space travel.

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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.

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Something said to have occurred or supposed to be true.

To check the accuracy of one's facts.

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An essential fact, arrived at by inference from the evidence and testimony, that causes the final determination or conclusion of law.
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An honest observation.
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A fact that tends to prove, or is a necessary prerequisite for the proof of, another fact.
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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.
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A thing that has been done, especially a crime.

An accessory before the fact.

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A fact that is not central to the main issue or controversy.
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A deed; act.

An accessory after the fact.

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(law) An actual or alleged incident or condition, as distinguished from its legal consequence.
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in (point of) fact
  • In reality or in truth; actually.
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as a matter of fact
  • in reality; really; actually
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the facts of life
  • basic information about sexual reproduction
  • the harsh, unpleasant facts about a situation in life
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fact

  • Latin factum deed from neuter past participle of facere to do dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin factum (“a deed, act, exploit; in Medieval Latin also state, condition, circumstance”), neuter of factus (“done or made”), perfect passive participle of faciō (“do, make”).

    From Wiktionary