Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Fact (?), n. [L. factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf. Feat, Affair, Benefit, Defect, Fashion, and -fy.]
1. A doing, making, or preparing. [Obs.]
A project for the fact and vending
Of a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies.
2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am not able to conjecture.
He who most excels in fact of arms.
3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.
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.
I do not grant the fact.
This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true.
&hand; TheTerm fact
has in jurisprudence peculiar uses in contrast with low
; as, attorney at low
, and attorney in fact
; issue in low
, and issue in fact
. There is also a grand distinction between low
with reference to the province of the judge and that of the jury, the latter generally determining the fact
, the former the low
Accessary before, ∨ 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.