matter-of-fact

adjective
mat·​ter-of-fact | \ ˌma-tər-ə(v)-ˈfakt How to pronounce matter-of-fact (audio) \

Definition of matter-of-fact

: adhering to the unembellished facts also : being plain, straightforward, or unemotional

Other Words from matter-of-fact

matter-of-factly \ ˌma-​tər-​ə(v)-​ˈfak(t)-​lē How to pronounce matter-of-fact (audio) \ adverb
matter-of-factness \ ˌma-​tər-​ə(v)-​ˈfak(t)-​nəs How to pronounce matter-of-fact (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of matter-of-fact

1712, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matter-of-fact was in 1712

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Dictionary Entries Near matter-of-fact

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matter-of-fact

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“Matter-of-fact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matter-of-fact. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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matter-of-fact

adjective
mat·​ter-of-fact | \ ˌma-tər-ə-ˈfakt \

Kids Definition of matter-of-fact

: sticking to or concerned with fact and usually not showing emotion He gave a matter-of-fact answer.

Other Words from matter-of-fact

matter-of-factly \ -​ˈfakt-​lē \ adverb

matter of fact

Legal Definition of matter of fact

— see matter

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