Matter-of-fact



[mat-er-uh v-fakt] /ˈmæt ər əvˈfækt/

adjective
1.
adhering strictly to fact; not imaginative; prosaic; dry; commonplace:
a matter-of-fact account of the political rally.
2.
direct or unemotional; straightforward; down-to-earth.
noun
1.
something of a factual nature, as an actual occurrence.
2.
Law. a statement or allegation to be judged on the basis of the evidence.
noun
1.
a fact that is undeniably true
2.
(law) a statement of facts the truth of which the court must determine on the basis of the evidence before it Compare matter of law
3.
(philosophy) a proposition that is amenable to empirical testing, as contrasted with the truths of logic or mathematics
4.
as a matter of fact, actually; in fact
adjective
5.
unimaginative or emotionless: he gave a matter-of-fact account of the murder

also matter of fact, 1570s as a noun, originally a legal term (translating Latin res facti), “that portion of an enquiry concerned with the truth or falsehood of alleged facts,” opposed to matter of law. As an adjective from 1712. Meaning “prosaic, unimaginative” is from 1787. Related: Matter-of-factly; matter-of-factness. German Tatsache is said to be a loan-translation of the English word.

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