fac·​tic·​i·​ty | \ fak-ˈti-sə-tē How to pronounce facticity (audio) \

Definition of facticity

: the quality or state of being a fact

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the facticity of the information is not at issue; it's whether something so private should ever be made public
Recent Examples on the Web Conversant with digital media — iPhone animation, in Ms. Sillman’s case — yet committed to the facticity of paint. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Amy Sillman’s Breakthrough Moment Is Here," 8 Oct. 2020 An effective story must have the unity and lyricism of a poem while giving the comforting facticity of a novel. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Allan Gurganus on His Interest in Epidemics," 27 Apr. 2020 Molina seems to be trying to prove a point here, something about what can be lost by emphasizing the facticity and evidentiary value of archival research. Jacob Silverman, New Republic, "Can A Historical Novel Be Too Deeply Researched?," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of facticity

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facticity

fact + -icity (as in authenticity), perhaps after German Faktizität

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The first known use of facticity was in 1869

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“Facticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facticity. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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