Fact (făkt), n. [L.
factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf. Feat,
Affair, Benefit, Defect, Fashion, and
-fy.] 1. A doing, making, or
A project for the fact and vending B.
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
What might instigate him to this devilish fact,
I am not able to conjecture. Evelyn.
He who most excels in fact of
3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in
fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was
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
I do not grant the fact. De
This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is
not true. Roger Long.
☞ 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.
Accessary before, or 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;