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  • n. A fact essential to make a case or a defense, or the absence of which negates a case or defense.
  • n. A fact that might alter a person's decision to buy a property or change the terms and price a buyer is willing to accept.
  • n. A fact that might alter an insurer's decision to agree to provide insurance to a person or alter the terms and conditions or the rate of premium on a policy.


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  • Thus the courts may regard as religious persons who, in the eyes of the Church, are no longer such; and the fact of being a congrĂ©ganiste, which fact constitutes an offense, is not a precise, material fact defined and limited by the letter of the enactment; it is a point upon which the interpretation of the courts remains the sovereign authority.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI


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