A fact (derived from the Latin factum, see below) is something that has really occurred or is actually the case. The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability, that is whether it can be proven to correspond to experience. Standard reference works are often used to check facts. Scientific facts are verified by repeatable experiments.

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Izumi Sakai - Biography
... on February 6, 1991, she wore glasses in the television interview, citing the fact she had not slept the night before ... to make sure that the Zard project would in fact succeed first ... In fact, a staff member revealed that when Sakai saw so many people lining up for her concert tour in 2004, she was taken aback and hid herself ...
Tail Call - Example Programs
... (define (factorial n) (let fact ( ) (if (zero? i) acc (fact (- i 1) (* acc i))))) The inner procedure fact calls itself last in the control flow ... to reorganize the execution which would ordinarily look like this call factorial (3) call fact (3 1) call fact (2 3) call fact (1 6) call fact (0 6) return 6 return 6 return 6 return 6 return 6 into ...
Fact in Law - Legal Pleadings
... clearly state all relevant allegations of fact upon which a claim is based ... Parties who face uncertainties regarding the facts and circumstances attendant to their side in a dispute may sometimes invoke alternative pleading ... In this situation, a party may plead separate sets of facts that (when considered together) may be contradictory or mutually exclusive ...
Evidence (law) - Circumstantial Evidence
... evidence that implies the existence of the main fact in question, but does not in itself prove it ... The existence of the main fact is deduced from the indirect or circumstantial evidence by a process of probable reasoning ... The fact that a defendant had a motive to commit a crime is also circumstantial evidence ...

Famous quotes containing the word fact:

    What is the reason that women servants ... have much lower wages than men servants ... when in fact our female house servants work much harder than the male?
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

    The existence of good bad literature—the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one’s intellect simply refuses to take seriously—is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.
    George Orwell (1903–1950)

    That the world is not the embodiment of an eternal rationality can be conclusively proved by the fact that the piece of the world that we know—I mean our human reason—is not so very rational. And if it is not eternally and completely wise and rational, then the rest of the world will not be either; here the conclusion a minori ad majus, a parte ad totum applies, and does so with decisive force.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)