Definition of fact
3 : the quality of being actual : actuality a question of fact hinges on evidence
4a : something that has actual existence space exploration is now a factb : an actual occurrence prove the fact of damage
5 : a piece of information presented as having objective reality These are the hard facts of the case.
: in truth He looks younger, but in fact, he is 60 years old.
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.
Recent Examples of fact from the Web
In fact, German automakers help power U.S. exports.
But, Spicer's approach further complicates efforts by the mainstream media to strip away spin and opinion down to just the facts.
The fact that the storm took place in the daytime during rush hour traffic contributed to the high death count, Sobyanin said.
Palestinians in east Jerusalem have residency status and, in principle, a right to apply for citizenship that few have chosen to exercise and that Israel in fact does not make easy.
The pass is not exactly a secret; in fact, anglers have been coming here to catch tarpon since just after the Civil War.
That omission is certainly is unrelated to the fact that Herald staff and other government officials received a $1,000 to $1,500 per diem on the trip, though.
And this simple fact alone truly does make Game of Thrones a new show in Season Seven.
Back in Montana, where the special election was held on Thursday, some journalists found that residents were not necessarily disturbed by the account of Mr. Gianforte’s behavior — some, in fact, seemed to relish it.
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Origin and Etymology of fact
Latin factum, from neuter of factus, past participle of facere —see factitious
First Known Use: 15th century
FACT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fact for English Language Learners
: something that truly exists or happens : something that has actual existence
: a true piece of information
FACT Defined for Kids
Definition of fact for Students
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 truth : actually She got there early and in fact she was earliest.
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
: 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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