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5 definitions found
 for Matter of fact
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Matter \Mat"ter\, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[`e]re, fr. L. materia;
     perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. Mother, Madeira,
     Material.]
     1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance;
        material; the material or substantial part of anything;
        the constituent elements of conception; that into which a
        notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the
        embodiment.
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              He is the matter of virtue.           --B. Jonson.
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     2. That of which the sensible universe and all existent
        bodies are composed; anything which has extension,
        occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body;
        substance.
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     Note: Matter is usually divided by philosophical writers into
           three kinds or classes: solid, liquid, and gaseous.
           Solid substances are those whose parts firmly cohere
           and resist impression, as wood or stone. Liquids have
           free motion among their parts, and easily yield to
           impression, as water and wine. Gaseous substances are
           elastic fluids, called vapors and gases, as air and
           oxygen gas.
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     3. That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place
        or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated;
        subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling,
        complaint, legal action, or the like; theme. "If the
        matter should be tried by duel." --Bacon.
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              Son of God, Savior of men! Thy name
              Shall be the copious matter of my song. --Milton.
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              Every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but
              every small matter they shall judge.  --Ex. xviii.
                                                    22.
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     4. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do;
        concern; affair; business.
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              To help the matter, the alchemists call in many
              vanities out of astrology.            --Bacon.
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              Some young female seems to have carried matters so
              far, that she is ripe for asking advice.
                                                    --Spectator.
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     5. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence;
        importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the
        phrases what matter? no matter, and the like.
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              A prophet some, and some a poet, cry;
              No matter which, so neither of them lie. --Dryden.
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     6. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything
        disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
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              And this is the matter why interpreters upon that
              passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true
              story, that the prophet took a harlot to wife.
                                                    --Milton.
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     7. Amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite.
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              Away he goes, . . . a matter of seven miles. --L'
                                                    Estrange.
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              I have thoughts to tarry a small matter. --Congreve.
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              No small matter of British forces were commanded
              over sea the year before.             --Milton.
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     8. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which
        is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess;
        pus; purulent substance.
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     9. (Metaph.) That which is permanent, or is supposed to be
        given, and in or upon which changes are effected by
        psychological or physical processes and relations; --
        opposed to form. --Mansel.
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     10. (Print.) Written manuscript, or anything to be set in
         type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or
         which has been used, in printing.
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     Dead matter (Print.), type which has been used, or which is
        not to be used, in printing, and is ready for
        distribution.
  
     Live matter (Print.), type set up, but not yet printed
        from.
  
     Matter in bar, Matter of fact. See under Bar, and
        Fact.
  
     Matter of record, anything recorded.
  
     Upon the matter, or Upon the whole matter, considering
        the whole; taking all things into view; all things
        considered.
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              Waller, with Sir William Balfour, exceeded in horse,
              but were, upon the whole matter, equal in foot.
                                                    --Clarendon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fact \Fact\ (f[a^]kt), n. [L. factum, fr. facere to make or do.
     Cf. Feat, Affair, Benefit, Defect, Fashion, and
     -fy.]
     1. A doing, making, or preparing. [Obs.]
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              A project for the fact and vending
              Of a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies. --B.
                                                    Jonson.
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     2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that
        comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
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              What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am
              not able to conjecture.               --Evelyn.
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              He who most excels in fact of arms.   --Milton.
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     3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all
        the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.
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     4. 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; as, history abounds
        with false facts.
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              I do not grant the fact.              --De Foe.
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              This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not
              true.                                 --Roger Long.
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     Note: The term fact has in jurisprudence peculiar uses in
           contrast with law; as, attorney at law, and attorney in
           fact; issue in law, and issue in fact. There is also a
           grand distinction between law and fact with reference
           to the province of the judge and that of the jury, the
           latter generally determining the fact, the former the
           law. --Burrill --Bouvier.
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     Accessary before the fact, or Accessary after the fact.
        See under Accessary.
  
     Matter of fact, an actual occurrence; a verity; used
        adjectively: of or pertaining to facts; prosaic;
        unimaginative; as, a matter-of-fact narration.
  
     Syn: Act; deed; performance; event; incident; occurrence;
          circumstance.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  matter of fact
      n 1: a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a
           jury to decide [syn: question of fact, matter of fact]
      2: a matter that is an actual fact or is demonstrable as a fact

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "matter of fact":
     absolute fact, accepted fact, actual fact, admitted fact,
     adventure, axiom, bald fact, bare fact, brutal fact, circumstance,
     cold fact, conceded fact, datum, demonstrable fact, empirical fact,
     episode, established fact, event, experience, fact,
     fact of experience, given fact, hap, happening, happenstance,
     hard fact, incident, indisputable fact, inescapable fact,
     matter-of-factness, naked fact, not guesswork, not opinion,
     occasion, occurrence, particular, phenomenon, plain, plainness,
     positive fact, postulate, prosaicism, prosaicness, prosaism, prose,
     prosiness, provable fact, reality, salient fact, self-evident fact,
     significant fact, simple fact, sober fact, stubborn fact, the case,
     the nitty-gritty, turn of events, undeniable fact,
     unimaginativeness, well-known fact
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MATTER OF FACT, pleading. Matter which goes in denial of a declaration, and 
  Dot in avoidance of it. Bac. Ab. Pleas, &c. G 3; Hob. 127. 
  
  

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