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 Dictionary entry overview: What does matter-of-fact mean? 

MATTER-OF-FACT (adjective)
  The adjective MATTER-OF-FACT has 2 senses:

1. not fanciful or imaginative
2. concerned with practical matters

  Familiarity information: MATTER-OF-FACT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MATTER-OF-FACT (adjective)

Sense 1matter-of-fact [BACK TO TOP]


Not fanciful or imaginative


matter-of-fact; prosaic

Context examples:

local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones / a prosaic and unimaginative essay


unrhetorical (not rhetorical)

Sense 2matter-of-fact [BACK TO TOP]


Concerned with practical matters


pragmatic; matter-of-fact; pragmatical

Context examples:

a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem / a matter-of-fact account of the trip


practical (concerned with actual use or practice)

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