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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Knowledge or information based on real occurrences.
  • noun Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed.
  • noun A real occurrence; an event.
  • noun Something believed to be true or real.
  • noun A thing that has been done, especially a crime.
  • noun Law A conclusion drawn by a judge or jury from the evidence in a case.
  • idiom (in (point of) fact) In reality or in truth; actually.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Anything done; an act; a deed; a feat.
  • noun A real state of things, as distinguished from a statement or belief; that in the real world agreement or disagreement with which makes a proposition true or false; a real inherence of an attribute in a substance, corresponding to the relation between the predicate and the subject of a proposition.
  • noun In law, an actual or alleged physical or mental event or existence, as distinguished from a legal effect or consequence: as in the phrases matter of fact, question of fact, the facts of the case, as distinguished from matter of law, question of law, the law of the case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A doing, making, or preparing.
  • noun An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
  • noun Reality; actuality; truth
  • noun 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.
  • noun See under Accessary.
  • noun an actual occurrence; a verity; used adjectively: of or pertaining to facts; prosaic; unimaginative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic Action; the realm of action.
  • noun A wrongful or criminal deed.
  • noun obsolete Feat.
  • noun An honest observation.
  • noun Something actual as opposed to invented.
  • noun Something which has become real.
  • noun Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
  • noun An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of people.
  • noun Information about a particular subject.
  • interjection Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a concept whose truth can be proved
  • noun a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
  • noun an event known to have happened or something known to have existed
  • noun a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin factum, deed, from neuter past participle of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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