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Meaning of fact by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin factum ( “a deed, act, exploit; in Medieval Latin also state, condition, circumstance” ), neuter of factus ( “done or made” ), perfect passive participle of faciō ( “do, make” ) .


    • IPA: /fækt/, X-SAMPA: /f{kt/
    • Rhymes: -ækt


    fact ( plural: facts )

    1. ( archaic ) Action; the realm of action.
    2. ( obsolete except in set phrases ) A wrongful or criminal deed.
      • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
        She was empassiond at that piteous act, / With zelous enuy of Greekes cruell fact, / Against that nation [...] .
      He had become an accessory after the fact .
    3. ( obsolete ) Feat.
    4. An honest observation .
    5. Something actual as opposed to invented .
      In this story, the Gettysburg Address is a fact, but the rest is fiction .
    6. Something which has become real .
      The promise of television became a fact in the 1920s .
    7. Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation .
      Let's look at the facts of the case before deciding .
    8. An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of people .
      There is no doubting the fact that the Earth orbits the Sun .
    9. Information about a particular subject .
      The facts about space travel .


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    • fact in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • fact in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911



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Explanation of fact by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

    2. first you must collect all the facts of the case
    3. a concept whose truth can be proved

    4. scientific hypotheses are not facts
    5. a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened

    6. he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts
    7. an event known to have happened or something known to have existed

    8. your fears have no basis in fact
      how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell

    Definition of fact by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fact ( făkt ), n. [L. factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf. Feat, Affair, Benefit, Defect, Fashion, and -fy.]
      1. A doing, making, or preparing. [Obs.]

      A project for the fact and vending

      Of a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies. B. Jonson.

      2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.

      What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am not able to conjecture. Evelyn.

      He who most excels in fact of arms. Milton.

      3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, “he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.”

      4. The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing; sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, “history abounds with false facts”.

      I do not grant the fact. De Foe.

      This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true. Roger Long.

      ☞ The term fact has in jurisprudence peculiar uses in contrast with law; as, attorney at law, and attorney in fact; issue in law, and issue in fact. There is also a grand distinction between law and fact with reference to the province of the judge and that of the jury, the latter generally determining the fact, the former the law. Burrill Bouvier.

      Accessary before the fact, or Accessary after the fact. See under Accessary. -- Matter of fact, an actual occurrence; a verity; used adjectively: of or pertaining to facts; prosaic; unimaginative; as, “a matter-of-fact narration”.

      Syn. -- Act; deed; performance; event; incident; occurrence; circumstance.