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Definitions of fact

  1. an event known to have happened or something known to have existed; "your fears have no basis in fact"; "how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a concept whose truth can be proved; "scientific hypotheses are not facts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened; "he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A doing, making, or preparing. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Anything that is done; that which certainly exists; reality; truth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A deed or anything done; anything that comes to pass; reality; truth; the assertion of a thing done. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. An act; event; reality. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Anything that is, is done, or happens; an act; deed; truth; reality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A deed or anything done; an event or anything that comes to pass; reality; truth; the assertion of a thing as a fact. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Anything which is done; an event; a deed; a reality; truth; in fact, in reality, as opposed to supposition; matter-of-fact, a. prosaic or material, as opposed to fanciful or poetical. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. A thing done; an action performed or an Incident transpiring; an event or circumstance; an actual occurrence. In the earlier days of the law “fact” was used almost exclusively in the sense of “action”or “deed;” but, although this usage survives, in some such phrases as “accessary before the fact,” it lias now acquired the broader meaning given above.A fact is either a state of things, that is, an existence, or a motion, that is, an event.1 Benth. Jud. Ev. 48.In the law of evidence. A circumstance, event or occurrence as it actually takes or took place; a physical object or appearance, as it actually exists or existed. An actual and absolute reality, as distinguished from mere supposition or opinion; a truth, as distinguished from fiction or error. Burrill, Circ. Ev. 218.”Fact” is very frequently used in opposition or contrast to “law.” Thus, questions offact are for the jury ; questions of law for the court. So an attorney at laic is an officer of the courts of justice; an attorney in fact is appointed by the written authorization of a principal to manage business affairs usually not professional. Fraud in fact consists in an actual intention to defraud, carried into effect; while fraud imputed by law arises from the man’s conduct in its necessary relations and consequences.The word is much used in phrases which contrast it with law. Law is a principle; factis an event Law is conceived; fact is actual. Law is a rule of duty; fact is that which has been according to or in contravention of the rule. The distinction is well illustrated in  the rule that the existence of foreign laws is matter of fact. Within the territory of its  jurisdiction, law operates as an obligatory rule which judges must recognize and enforce; but, in a tribunal outside that jurisdiction, it loses its obligatory force and its claim to judicial notice. The fact that it exists, if important to the rights of parties, must be alleged and proved the same as the actual existence of any other institution. Abbott. The terms “fact” and “truth” are often used in common parlance as synonymous,but as employed in reference to pleading, they are widely different. A fact in pleading is a circumstance, act, event, or incident; a truth Is the legal principle which declares or governs the facts and their operative effect. Admitting the facts stated in a complaint the truth may be that the plaintiff is not entitled, upon the face of his complaint to what the claims. The mode in which a defendant sets up that truth for his protection is a demurrer. Drake v. Cockroft, 4 E. D. Smith (N. Y.) 37. thelawdictionary.org
  16. An action; a thing done. It is either simple or compound. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  17. A fact is simple when it expresses a purely material act unconnected with any moral qualification; for example, to say Peter went into his house, is to express a simple fact. A compound fact contains the materiality of the act, and the qualification which that act has in its connexion with morals and, the law. To say, then, that Peter has stolen a horse, is to express a compound fact; for the fact of stealing, expresses at the same time, the material fact of taking the horse, and of taking him with the guilty intention of depriving the owner of his property and appropriating it to his own use; which is a violation of the law of property. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  18. Fact. is also put in opposition to law; in every case which has to be tried there are facts to be established, and the law which bears on those facts. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  19. Facts are also to be considered as material or immaterial. Material facts are those which are essential to the right of action or defence, and therefore of the substance of the one or the other - these must always be proved; or immaterial, which are those not essential to the cause of action these need not be proved. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3150-53. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  20. Facts are generally determined by a jury,; but there are many facts, which, not being the principal matters in issue, may be decided by the court; such, for example, whether a subpoena has or has not been served; whether a party has or has not been summoned, &c. As to pleading material facts, see Gould. Pl. c. 3, s. 28. As to quality of facts proved, see 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3150. Vide Eng. Ece. R. 401-2, and the article Circumstances. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
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  22. The kind of clauseused in logic programming which has no subgoals and so isalways true (always succeeds). E.g.wet(water).male(denis).This is in contrast to a rule which only succeeds if all itssubgoals do. Rules usually contain logic variables, factsrarely do, except for oddities like "equal(X,X).". foldoc_fs
  23. fakt, n. a deed or anything done: anything that comes to pass: reality, or a real state of things, as distinguished from a mere statement or belief, a datum of experience: truth: the assertion of a thing done: an evil deed, a sense now surviving only in 'to confess the fact,' 'after' or 'before the fact.'--adj. FACT'UAL, pertaining to facts: actual.--ns. FACTUAL'ITY; FACT'UM, a thing done, a deed.--AS A MATTER OF FACT, in reality.--THE FACT OF THE MATTER, the plain truth about the subject in question. [L. factum--fac[)e]re, to make.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. Perpetration of act, occurrence of event, (now only in before, after, the f., confess the f.); thing certainly known to have occurred or be true, datum of experience, (often with explanatory clause or phrase, as the f. that fire burns, of my having seen him); thing assumed as basis for inference (his ff. are disputable); (sing. without a) the true or existent, reality, (so matter of f., independent of inference; MATTER -of-f.; in f.; in point of f.; the f. of the matter is). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. n. [Latin] A making or preparing; any thing done or that which comes to pass; an act; an event;—reality; truth;—assertion or statement of a tiling done or existing; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; performance; incident; occurrence; circumstance. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. A thing done; reality, not supposition; action, deed. Complete Dictionary

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