- A doing, making, or preparing.(Obs)"A project for the fact and vending Of a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies." [B. Jonson.]
- 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." [Evelyn.]"He who most excels in fact of arms." [Milton.]
- Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.
- 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." [De Foe.]"This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true." [Roger Long.]synonyms: Act; deed; performance; event; incident; occurrence; circumstance.
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.
Etymology: L. factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf. Feat Affair Benefit Defect Fashion, and -fy