fact

noun
\ ˈfakt How to pronounce fact (audio) \

Definition of fact

1a : something that has actual existence space exploration is now a fact
b : an actual occurrence prove the fact of damage
2 : a piece of information presented as having objective reality These are the hard facts of the case.
3 : the quality of being actual : actuality a question of fact hinges on evidence
4 : a thing done: such as
a : crime accessory after the fact
b archaic : action
c obsolete : feat
5 archaic : performance, doing
in fact
: in truth He looks younger, but in fact, he is 60 years old.

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Examples of fact in a Sentence

Rapid electronic communication is now a fact. The book is filled with interesting facts and figures. He did it, and that's a fact.
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Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the only analogous museum in the nation is a neighbor just down Fifth Avenue — the Museum of Modern Art, with its own deep pockets and incomparably deep collections. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: While the Met contemplates selling its treasured art, rich trustees sit idle," 14 Feb. 2021 In fact, the Constitution makes clear that former presidents are subject to the criminal justice system. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Rob Portman votes to acquit Trump, Sherrod Brown votes to convict: Read their statements," 14 Feb. 2021 In fact, in the final movie in the trilogy, the cumbersomely titled To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the film has to keep showing us moments from the first installment, when Condor and Centineo’s chemistry was at its peak. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "To All The Boys: Always and Forever Burns Low and Slow," 13 Feb. 2021 In fact, for just a moment, Green, Durant and Stephen Curry were in a three-way embrace. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Durant and the Warriors trade protocols for emotion," 13 Feb. 2021 In fact, the national pollster said that Biden should be asking for more to help people, especially those who face long-term unemployment due to virus shutdowns. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Biden tough on virus aid, soft on immigration," 13 Feb. 2021 In fact, the whole Texas bench spent its time galloping around in celebration or shouting scouting tips from their sideline vantage point. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Andrew Jones sets the tone in No. 13 Texas' win over TCU," 13 Feb. 2021 In fact, many of the changes being made are modest: Only asylum seekers with pending active MPP cases would be eligible to enter the U.S. under the first phase of this new plan. Maria Inés Taracena, The New Republic, "The Ambiguous End of “Remain in Mexico”," 13 Feb. 2021 In fact, the foreigners would coach for Global Premier. Bob Hohler, BostonGlobe.com, "Feds charge youth soccer executive in probe of visa practices with pro teams," 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of fact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for fact

borrowed from Latin factum "deed, action, real event," noun derivative from neuter of factus, past participle of facere "to make, bring about, perform, do," going back to a suffixed form *dhh1-k-i̯e- (with perfect fēcī from *dheh1-k-) of Indo-European *dhh1-, dheh1- "put, place, make, do" — more at do entry 1

Note: The extension *-k- has been compared with the Greek extended aorist éthēka "I placed" (corresponding to present títhēmi "I set, put, placed"), apparently parallel to Latin jaciō, jacere "to throw" and Greek hêka "I threw" (see jet entry 3); though the identity of the two formatives has been disputed.

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The first known use of fact was in the 15th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Fact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fact. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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fact

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fact

: something that truly exists or happens : something that has actual existence
: a true piece of information

fact

noun
\ ˈfakt How to pronounce fact (audio) \

Kids Definition of fact

1 : something that really exists or has occurred Space travel is now a fact.
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
: in truth : actually She got there early and in fact she was earliest.

fact

noun

Legal Definition of fact

1 : something that has actual existence : a matter of objective reality
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
: as a factual matter : established by fact rather than as a matter of law

History and Etymology for fact

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

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