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fact

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noun \ˈfakt\

Simple Definition of fact

  • : something that truly exists or happens : something that has actual existence

  • : a true piece of information

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fact

  1. 1 :  a thing done: as a obsolete :  feat b :  crime <accessory after the fact> c archaic :  action

  2. 2 archaic :  performance, doing

  3. 3 :  the quality of being actual :  actuality <a question of fact hinges on evidence>

  4. 4 a :  something that has actual existence <space exploration is now a fact> b :  an actual occurrence <prove the fact of damage>

  5. 5 :  a piece of information presented as having objective reality

in fact

  1. :  in truth

Examples of fact in a sentence

  1. Rapid electronic communication is now a fact.

  2. The book is filled with interesting facts and figures.

  3. He did it, and that's a fact.



Origin and Etymology of fact

Latin factum, from neuter of factus, past participle of facere


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with fact



FACT Defined for Kids

fact

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noun \ˈfakt\

Definition of fact for Students

  1. 1 :  something that really exists or has occurred <Space travel is now a fact.>

  2. 2 :  a true piece of information <“I just know for a fact that she has a huge family to feed!” — Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows>

in fact

  1. :  in truth :  actually <She got there early and in fact she was earliest.>




Law Dictionary

fact

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Legal Definition of fact

  1. 1 :  something that has actual existence :  a matter of objective reality

  2. 2 :  any of the circumstances of a case that exist or are alleged to exist in reality :  a thing whose actual occurrence or existence is to be determined by the evidence presented at trial — see also finding of fact at finding, judicial notice, question of fact at question, trier of fact — compare law, opinion adjudicative fact :  a fact particularly related to the parties to an especially administrative proceeding — compare legislative fact in this entry collateral fact :  a fact that has no direct relation to or immediate bearing on the case or matter in question — compare material fact in this entry constitutional fact :  a fact that relates to the determination of a constitutional issue (as violation of a constitutional right) —used especially of administrative findings of fact evidentiary fact :  a fact that is part of the situation from which a case arises and that is established by testimony or other evidence —called also mediate fact, predicate fact — compare ultimate fact in this entry legislative fact :  a fact of general social, economic, or scientific relevance that does not change from case to case — compare adjudicative fact in this entry material fact :  a fact that affects decision making: as a :  a fact upon which the outcome of all or part of a lawsuit depends b :  a fact that would influence a reasonable person under the circumstances in making an investment decision (as in purchasing a security or voting for a corporate officer or action) mediate fact :  evidentiary fact in this entry predicate fact :  evidentiary fact in this entry ultimate fact \ˈəl-ti-mət-\ :  a conclusion of law or especially mixed fact and law that is necessary to the determination of issues in a case and that is established by evidentiary facts — compare evidentiary fact in this entry

in fact

  1. :  as a factual matter :  established by fact rather than as a matter of law



Origin and Etymology of fact

Latin factum deed, real happening, something done, from neuter of factus, past participle of facere to do, make



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