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matter of fact Syllabification: mat·ter of fact

Definition of matter of fact in English:


1Something that belongs to the sphere of fact as distinct from opinion or conjecture: it’s a matter of fact that they had a relationship
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  • Some were matters of opinion, others were matters of fact.
  • The extent of flooding is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of fact.
  • An interpretation is a matter of opinion; it is not a matter of fact.
1.1 Law The part of a judicial inquiry concerned with the truth of alleged facts. Often contrasted with matter of law.
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  • It is an inquiry into matters of fact, just as a civil trial is an inquiry into matters of fact, and then a determination of whether negligence existed, for example.
  • So how can they rule against me on a matter of fact when the facts were there?
  • In the end it becomes a matter of fact for the judge to decide.


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1Unemotional and practical: he was characteristically calm and matter-of-fact
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  • And the work you did was more practical, more matter-of-fact than a liberal cause or a conservative crusade.
  • The greatest trump card that he has to offer is his practical, matter-of-fact approach to tackling world poverty.
  • A down to-earth matter-of-fact approach devoid of judgment is best, no matter how horrific the details.
unemotional, practical, down-to-earth, sensible, realistic, rational, sober, unsentimental, pragmatic, businesslike, commonsensical, levelheaded, hardheaded, no-nonsense, factual, literal, straightforward, straight-out, plain, unembellished, unvarnished, unadorned;
unimaginative, prosaic
1.1Concerned only with factual content rather than style or expression: the text is written in a breezy matter-of-fact manner
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  • The visual style is matter-of-fact and almost cinéma vérité, as if the camera is as furtive a spectator as the kidnapper with his telescopic sight.
  • In a matter-of-fact style, great violence is done, but little action.
  • The sober and matter-of-fact presentation makes his discussion seem like just common sense.


as a matter of fact

In reality (used especially to correct a falsehood or misunderstanding): as a matter of fact, I was talking to him this afternoon
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  • Yes, as a matter of fact, I had been given kind of the death sentence back at the beginning of the year.
  • I was at that show and, as a matter of fact, I saw your bike getting smashed.
  • Just tonight, as a matter of fact, we were up in Buffalo and we had a dinner of several hundred people.



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  • ‘They could provide the best coaching and facilities,’ he explains, matter-of-factly.
  • They admitted to being a little surprised, disappointed even, when he simply took the photo, quickly and matter-of-factly.
  • ‘Though it is a tedious process, it is a source of income for us,’ he says matter-of-factly.


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  • It moves in the opposite direction to most post-war poetry and prose, which sought practicality, matter-of-factness, accessibility.
  • The statement is made with a common-sense matter-of-factness that resonates, even as part of me says it doesn't work that way.
  • These quotations might seem rather naïve and simplistic contributions to an argument, but I believe they are instead extremely important and effective in their very simplicity and matter-of-factness.

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