Definition - Noun
[Latin factum deed, real happening, something done, from neuter of factus, past participle of facere to do, make]
1  : something that has actual existence
: a matter of objective reality
2  : any of the circumstances of a case that exist or are alleged to exist in reality
: a thing whose actual occurrence or existence is to be determined by the evidence presented at trial
see also finding of fact at finding judicial notice question of fact at question trier of fact
compare law opinion

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