What is fact?

  • (noun): An event known to have happened or something known to have existed.
    Example: "Your fears have no basis in fact"; "how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A fact (derived from the Latin factum, see below) 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 proven to correspond to experience. Standard reference works are often used to check facts. Scientific facts are verified by repeatable experiments.

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Fact in Law - Legal Pleadings
... a civil suit generally must clearly state all relevant allegations of fact upon which a claim is based ... Parties who face uncertainties regarding the facts and circumstances attendant to their side in a dispute may sometimes invoke alternative pleading ... situation, a party may plead separate sets of facts that (when considered together) may be contradictory or mutually exclusive ...
Tail Call - Example Programs
... (define (factorial n) (let fact ( ) (if (zero? i) acc (fact (- i 1) (* acc i))))) The inner procedure fact calls itself last in the control flow ... to reorganize the execution which would ordinarily look like this call factorial (3) call fact (3 1) call fact (2 3) call fact (1 6) call fact (0 6) return 6 return 6 return 6 return ...
Evidence (law) - Circumstantial Evidence
... evidence that implies the existence of the main fact in question, but does not in itself prove it ... The existence of the main fact is deduced from the indirect or circumstantial evidence by a process of probable reasoning ... The fact that a defendant had a motive to commit a crime is also circumstantial evidence ...
Izumi Sakai - Biography
... February 6, 1991, she wore glasses in the television interview, citing the fact she had not slept the night before ... She replied that she wanted to make sure that the Zard project would in fact succeed first ... In fact, a staff member revealed that when Sakai saw so many people lining up for her concert tour in 2004, she was taken aback and hid herself ...

More definitions of "fact":

  • (noun): A concept whose truth can be proved.
    Example: "Scientific hypotheses are not facts"
  • (noun): 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"
  • (noun): A piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred.
    Example: "First you must collect all the facts of the case"

Famous quotes containing the word fact:

    Being so wrong about her makes me wonder now how often I am utterly wrong about myself. And how wrong she might have been about her mother, how wrong he might have been about his father, how much of family life is a vast web of misunderstandings, a tinted and touched-up family portrait, an accurate representation of fact that leaves out only the essential truth.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952)

    Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
    Howard Nemerov (1920–1991)

    The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.
    Willa Cather (1873–1947)