Something that’s true is a fact. Facts support opinions, so they are necessary in the formation of one’s own idea. The word "fact" is a noun:

  • Are you familiar with all the facts in this matter?
  • Do you have all the facts you need in order to form an opinion?
  • Reggie used all the facts he could find in order to support his argument.
  • Denise couldn’t accept the fact that her mother had died.
  • You can have your own opinions, but you can’t have your own facts.
  • The opposite of a fact is a lie.
  • They couldn’t deny the facts.

The adjective form for this word is "factual."

  • Factual evidence discovered in the investigation lead to the man’s arrest.
  • The documentary wasn’t very factual, so most people who saw it lost interest in its message.
  • Is this a factual report, or is it false?

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Published April 30, 2013