fac·​tic·​i·​ty fak-ˈti-sə-tē How to pronounce facticity (audio)
: the quality or state of being a fact

Examples of facticity in a Sentence

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 Caruth’s determination to cleave simultaneously to the idea both that the traumatic memory is the only historic fact the individual possesses and that this facticity remains incapable of adequate representation is paradoxical bordering on the perverse. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 This new discipline borrowed features from philology and belles lettres—period specialization and close reading, respectively—but abjured their emphasis on facticity and appreciation in favor of a new goal: interpretation. Evan Kindley, The New York Review of Books, 16 Feb. 2023 Conversant with digital media — iPhone animation, in Ms. Sillman’s case — yet committed to the facticity of paint. Jason Farago, New York Times, 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, 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, 16 Aug. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 1 Mar. 2024.

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