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FACT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fact mean? 

FACT (noun)
  The noun FACT has 4 senses:

1. a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
2. a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened
3. an event known to have happened or something known to have existed
4. a concept whose truth can be proved

  Familiarity information: FACT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FACT (noun)


Sense 1fact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

first you must collect all the facts of the case

Hypernyms ("fact" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fact"):

case (the actual state of things)

truth (a fact that has been verified)

score (the facts about an actual situation)

reason (a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion)

observation (facts learned by observing)

matter of fact (a matter that is an actual fact or is demonstrable as a fact)

general (a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular))

particular; specific (a fact about some part (as opposed to general))

detail; item; point (an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole)


Sense 2fact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts

Hypernyms ("fact" is a kind of...):

info; information (a message received and understood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fact"):

book; record; record book (a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone)

basics; rudiments (a statement of fundamental facts or principles)

index; index number; indicant; indicator (a number or ratio (a value on a scale of measurement) derived from a series of observed facts; can reveal relative changes as a function of time)


Sense 3fact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event known to have happened or something known to have existed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

your fears have no basis in fact / how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell

Hypernyms ("fact" is a kind of...):

realism; reality; realness (the state of being actual or real)


Sense 4fact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A concept whose truth can be proved

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

scientific hypotheses are not facts

Hypernyms ("fact" is a kind of...):

concept; conception; construct (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)


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