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

  • n. Knowledge or information based on real occurrences: an account based on fact; a blur of fact and fancy.
  • n. Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed: Genetic engineering is now a fact. That Chaucer was a real person is an undisputed fact.
  • n. A real occurrence; an event: had to prove the facts of the case.
  • n. Something believed to be true or real: a document laced with mistaken facts.
  • n. A thing that has been done, especially a crime: an accessory before the fact.
  • n. Law The aspect of a case at law comprising events determined by evidence: The jury made a finding of fact.
  • idiom in (point of) fact In reality or in truth; actually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A doing, making, or preparing.
  • n. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
  • n. Reality; actuality; truth
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything done; an act; a deed; a feat.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Latin factum, deed, from neuter past participle of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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