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Usage statistics for the noun fact:

spoken English55.22%written English44.78% conversational speech19.57%task-oriented speech80.43% imaginative writing41.77%informational writing58.23%

Fact is sometimes a misspelling of fight.

The word fact is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fact

What does fact mean as a name of something?

Fact is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: facts

  1. a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
    • example: first you must collect all the facts of the case
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: information = knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
    • more specific terms:
      • case = the actual state of things
      • detail / point / item = an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
      • particular / specific = a fact about some part
      • general = a fact about the whole
      • matter of fact = a matter that is an actual fact or is demonstrable as a fact
      • observation = facts learned by observing
      • reason = a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion
      • score = the facts about an actual situation
      • truth = a fact that has been verified
  2. a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened
    • example: he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: info / information = a message received and understood
    • more specific terms:
  3. an event known to have happened or something known to have existed
    • examples: your fears have no basis in fact | how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: realism / reality / realness = the state of being actual or real
  4. a concept whose truth can be proved
    • example: scientific hypotheses are not facts
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: concept / conception / construct = an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

Other definitions of fact

What does fact also mean?


  1. Federation Against Copyright Theft
  2. Federation of American Consumers and Travelers


FACT is a Japanese rock band, formed in December 1999 in Ibaraki Prefecture.


  1. "FACT": Fact is the second full-length album by Japanese post-hardcore band FACT, and their first on a major label. It is also their first worldwide release. The only single from the album was "A Fact of Life", for which a music video was made. On the Japanese version of the album, the track "A Fact of Life" does not appear.
  2. "Fact" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Fact" a.k.a. "Fact!" is a musical single of Red Guitars.
    • released in (32 years ago)


Fact is a record label.


  1. Fact a.k.a. Cape Town International Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Cape Town, and is the second busiest airport in South Africa and third busiest in Africa. Located approximately 20 kilometres from the city centre, the airport was opened in 1954 to replace Cape Town's previous airport, Wingfield Aerodrome. Cape Town International Airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services. The airport has domestic and international terminals, linked by a common central terminal.
  2. FACT a.k.a. Foundation for Art and Creative Technology: FACT is a new media arts centre based on Wood Street in Liverpool, England.


  1. Fact: A fact is something that has really occurred or is actually the case. The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability, that is, whether it can be demonstrated to correspond to experience. Standard reference works are often used to check facts. Scientific facts are verified by repeatable experiments.
    • also known as 事實
  2. Fact was founded in 2003 as a British bi-monthly music and youth culture magazine. The magazine became notable for commissioning covers by artists including M.I.A., Bat for Lashes, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Peter Saville, Trevor Jackson, Klaxons and Brazil's Os Gemeos. After its final print edition in 2008, FACT continued as an online magazine.
  3. FACT is a heterodimeric protein complex that affects eukaryotic RNA polymerase II transcription elongation both in vitro and in vivo. It was discovered in 1998 as a factor purified from human cells that was essential for productive in vitro Pol II transcription on a chromatinized DNA template.
  4. FACT was an early computer programming language, created by the Datamatic Division of Minneapolis Honeywell for its model 800 series business computers in 1959. FACT was an acronym for "Fully Automated Compiling Technique". It was an influence on the design of the COBOL programming language.
  5. Fact Magazine was an American publication that commented on controversial topics.
  6. Fact a.k.a. structure specific recognition protein 1 is a gene.
    • also known as chromatin-specific transcription elongation factor 80 kDa subunit, cisplatin-DNA SSRP, high mobility group box, facilitates chromatin remodeling 80 kDa subunit, recombination signal sequence recognition protein
  7. Fact a.k.a. suppressor of Ty 16 homolog (S. cerevisiae) is a gene.
    • also known as facilitates chromatin remodeling 140 kDa subunit, chromatin-specific transcription elongation factor large subunit

Phrases with Fact

Phrases starting with the word Fact:

  1. fact mood
  2. Fact sheet
  3. Fact-Finder
  4. Fact of Life
  5. fact-finding

Phrases ending with the word Fact:

  1. in fact
  2. Brute fact
  3. Brute-Fact
  4. fraud in fact
  5. Material fact
  6. Trier of fact
  7. After the Fact
  8. matter of fact
  9. matter-of-fact
  10. finding of fact
  11. scientific fact
  12. attorney-in-fact
  13. contrary to fact
  14. in point of fact
  15. question of fact

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fact

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Google previewMind Thoughts, and The Nature of All Happenings (2015)

by Fidel Santiago

Still, nonetheless, the fact is that computers are vulnerable to power failures.

Google previewA Treatise on Judicial Evidence (1825)

by Jeremy Bentham, Etienne Dumont

An affirmative fact is that which expresses an affirmative proposition: Robert has been killed; James has killed Robert. A negative fact is that which is expressed in a negative proposition. * Of two facts, an affirmative with its corresponding ...

Google previewBioethics and the Environment. a Brief Review of the Ethical Aspects of the Precautionary Principle and Genetic Modified Crops (2008)

by Luis G. Jimenez-Arias

The first fact is that there are already millions of people starving or suffering from nutrition deficiencies around the world. The second fact is that traditional intensive agricultural systems based on pesticides and agrochemicals seems to have ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Companion to Hume's Treatise (2015)

by Donald C. Ainslie, Annemarie Butler

However, certain further facts about justice set it apart from the others. The first fact is that in the ordinary practice of justice, the only universal and real motive for ...

Google previewOpioids in Medicine (2008)

A Comprehensive Review on the Mode of Action and the Use of Analgesics in Different Clinical Pain States by Enno Freye

Fact is that if one starts with the lowest possible dose in opioid-naive patients, fast adaptation within 1–2 days to the effective dose is possible. Using fixed time intervals during the titration process, doses are being increased by 25–50% to the ...

Google previewThe Concept of First Philosophy and the Unity of the Metaphysics of Aristotle (1980)

by Giovanni Reale

And so it is in the examples given; for when we say that the man is musical or that the musical is a man, or that the white is musical or that the musical is white, in the latter two cases the fact is that both the musical and the white are accidents of ...

Google previewConcept of First Philosophy and the Unity of the Metaphysics of Aristotle, The

by Giovanni Reale

And so it is in the examples given; for when we say that the man is musical or that the musical is a man, or that the white is musical or that the musical is white, in the latter two cases the fact is that both the musical and the white are accidents of ...

Google previewHansard's Parliamentary Debates (1890)

by Great Britain. Parliament

Whatever Members may think, the fact is that the feeling in the Principality is becoming beyond endurance. The steam has got up so high that there may be an explosion any time, unless something is done to meet the disconteut. Now, Sir, who ...

Google previewApocalypse Survival (2016)

Preparing for the Unthinkable: An Evangelical Perspective on Existential Threats and Long-Term Survival by T. Gordon Larsen

The plain and simple fact is that gun bans have never worked. Criminals get guns , and law-abiding citizens get killed. “From evildoers come evil deeds.”–1 Samuel 24:13 KJV In addition to vilifying the gun, Progressives also vilify anyone who ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

Fact . Usually, that which corresponds to a statement ormakes it true (cf. the correspondence theory of TRUTH). As such, a facthas seemed somehow to exist in the world, independent of thought and language. Since statements have a ...

Google previewDictionary of Information Science and Technology (1992)

by Carolyn Watters

natural language fact retrieval natural language fact retrieval fact retrieval from a full-text database that has been parsed and organized prior to any retrievals. The user's query, which may or may not be presented in natural language, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Ottoman Empire (2003)

by Selcuk Aksin Somel

The fact that the Ottoman Empire was disliked—quite often hated—by both the Western powers that ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry (2007)

by Thomas A. Schwandt

FACT See DESCRIPTION. FACT-VALUE DISTINCTION This is the notion that we should not confuse claims about how things are (facts) with claims about how things should be (values). The empiricist David Hume (1711–1776) is well known ...

Google previewReady, Set, Research With Britannica Student Encyclopedia (2008)

With Compton's by Britannica, Reproducible Masters Grades 6 and Up by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

Fact #1: Equator The equator is an imaginary circle around Earth. It divides Earth into two equal parts: the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It runs east and west halfway between the North and South poles. The distance ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

taditputable fact, that the mental organs, whatever they. ral laws agreeable to which they are produced, and then to employ those laws in the explanation of other phenomena. Mental philosophy pursues the same ...

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Quotes about Fact

A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie. (Robert Green Ingersoll)
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Scrabble value of F4A1C3T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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