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Definition of "fact" [fact]

  • Knowledge or information based on real occurrences: an account based on fact; a blur of fact and fancy. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • A real occurrence; an event: had to prove the facts of the case. (noun)
  • Something believed to be true or real: a document laced with mistaken facts. (noun)
  • A thing that has been done, especially a crime: an accessory before the fact. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fact" in a sentence
  • "The very fact that he himself is punished for something quite arguable ´bogus´ meaning ´fact´ instead of ´opinion´...is disproportionate, as calling a treatment bogus, can never be seen as a fact it would mean my doctor would give me a litteral bogus if i came for a prescription."
  • "And again I believe that it will be led to its result very largely by what is, after all, perhaps the profoundest thought of Kant, the conviction that the most illuminating fact of all is the _fact_ of the absolute and unconditional obligatoriness of the law of right."
  • "From this conversation, together with previous ones, held with the same negro, and from after developments made to me at various places, and at different times, extending over a period of six weeks, I became acquainted with the fact -- and I _know_ it to be a _fact_ -- that there exists among the blacks a secret and wide-spread organization of a"