mat'ter of fact'
1. something of a factual nature, as an actual occurrence.
2. Law.a statement or allegation to be judged on the basis of the evidence.
Pronunciation: (mat'ur-uv-fakt'), [key]
1. adhering strictly to fact; not imaginative; prosaic; dry; commonplace: a matter-of-fact account of the political rally.
2. direct or unemotional; straightforward; down-to-earth.
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