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{adj: a posteriori} involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principals or from effects to causes
"a posteriori demonstration"
<-> a priori

{adj: a priori} involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact
"an a priori judgment"
<-> a posteriori

{adj: accepted, undisputed, unchallenged, unquestioned} generally agreed upon; not subject to dispute
"the accepted interpretation of the poem"
"an accepted theory"
"the undisputed fact"

{adj: accomplished, effected, established} settled securely and unconditionally
"that smoking causes health problems is an accomplished fact"

{adj: accurate, exact, precise} (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
"a precise image"
"a precise measurement"

{adj: accurate} conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
"an accurate reproduction"
"the accounting was accurate"
"accurate measurements"
"an accurate scale"
<-> inaccurate

{adj: acquainted, acquainted with, familiar with} having fair knowledge of
"they were acquainted"
"fully acquainted with the facts"

{adj: actual, existent} presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
"the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"
"actual and imagined conditions"
<-> potential

{adj: actual, factual} existing in act or fact
"rocks and trees...the actual world"
"actual heroism"
"the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"

{adj: ad hominem} appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
"ad hominem arguments"

{adj: analytic, analytical} of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience
"`all spinsters are unmarried' is an analytic proposition"
<-> synthetic

{adj: ascertainable, discoverable} capable of being ascertained or found out
"ascertainable facts"

{adj: authentic, reliable} conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief
"an authentic account by an eyewitness"
"reliable information"

{adj: bare, mere, simple} apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
"only the bare facts"
"shocked by the mere idea"
"the simple passage of time was enough"
"the simple truth"

{adj: baseless, groundless, idle, unfounded, unwarranted, wild} without a basis in reason or fact
"baseless gossip"
"the allegations proved groundless"
"idle fears"
"unfounded suspicions"
"unwarranted jealousy"

{adj: basic} pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
"a basic fact"
"the basic ingredients"
"basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"
<-> incidental

{adj: blunt, crude, stark} devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
"the blunt truth"
"the crude facts"
"facing the stark reality of the deadline"

{adj: bruising} brutally forceful and compelling
"protected from the bruising facts of battle"

{adj: bruising} causing mental or emotional injury
"a bruising experience"
"protected from the bruising facts of battle"- John Mason Brown

{adj: certifiable} capable of being guaranteed or certified
"a certifiable fact"

{adj: clear, unmortgaged} (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law
"I have clear title to this property"

{adj: close, faithful} marked by fidelity to an original
"a close translation"
"a faithful copy of the portrait"
"a faithful rendering of the observed facts"

{adj: consistent} (sometimes followed by `with') in agreement or consistent or reliable
"testimony consistent with the known facts"
"I have decided that the course of conduct which I am following is consistent with my sense of responsibility as president in time of war"- FDR
<-> inconsistent

{adj: contrary} very opposed in nature or character or purpose
"acts contrary to our code of ethics"
"the facts point to a contrary conclusion"

{adj: correct, right} free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
"the correct answer"
"the correct version"
"the right answer"
"took the right road"
"the right decision"
<-> incorrect, wrong

{adj: counterfactual, contrary to fact} going counter to the facts (usually as a hypothesis)

{adj: de facto, actual, factual} existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not
"de facto segregation is as real as segregation imposed by law"
"a de facto state of war"
<-> de jure

{adj: declared, stated} declared as fact; explicitly stated

{adj: delusive, false} inappropriate to reality or facts
"delusive faith in a wonder drug"
"delusive expectations"
"false hopes"

{adj: denotative, explicit} in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term

{adj: discrepant, incompatible} not compatible with other facts

{adj: dispassionate, cold-eyed} unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
"a journalist should be a dispassionate reporter of fact"

{adj: distorted, misrepresented, perverted, twisted} having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented
"many of the facts seemed twisted out of any semblance to reality"
"a perverted translation of the poem"

{adj: dry} having no adornment or coloration
"dry facts"
"rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"

{adj: effective} existing in fact; not theoretical; real
"a decline in the effective demand"
"confused increased equipment and expenditure with the quantity of effective work done"

{adj: enormous, tremendous} extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
"an enormous boulder"
"enormous expenses"
"tremendous sweeping plains"
"a tremendous fact in human experience; that a whole civilization should be dependent on technology"- Walter Lippman
"a plane took off with a tremendous noise"

{adj: established} shown to be valid beyond a reasonable doubt
"the established facts in the case"

{adj: evidentiary} pertaining to or constituting evidence
"evidentiary technique"
"an evidentiary fact"

{adj: exact} marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
"an exact mind"
"an exact copy"
"hit the exact center of the target"
<-> inexact

{adj: extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal} not pertinent to the matter under consideration
"an issue extraneous to the debate"
"the price was immaterial"
"mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"

{adj: fact-finding, investigative, investigatory} designed to find information or ascertain facts
"a fact-finding committee"
"investigative reporting"

{adj: factual} characterized by fact
"the factual aspects of the case"

{adj: factual} of or relating to or characterized by facts
"factual considerations"

{adj: false} not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
"gave false testimony under oath"
"false tales of bravery"
<-> true

{adj: fanciful, imaginary, imagined, notional} not based on fact; dubious
"the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt
"a small child's imaginary friends"
"her imagined fame"
"to create a notional world for oneself"

{adj: fascinated} intensely interested in or attracted by
"I'm very interested in birds; in fact I'm fascinated by them"

{adj: fundamental, rudimentary, underlying} being or involving basic facts or principles
"the fundamental laws of the universe"
"a fundamental incomatibility between them"
"these rudimentary truths"
"underlying principles"

{adj: harsh, abrasive} sharply disagreeable; rigorous
"the harsh facts of court delays"
"an abrasive character"

{adj: immaterial} of no importance or relevance especially to a law case
"an objection that is immaterial after the fact"
<-> material

{adj: impressionistic} of or relating to or based on an impression rather than on facts or reasoning
"a surprisingly impressionistic review bearing marks of hasty composition"
"she had impressionistic memories of her childhood"

{adj: incorrect, wrong} not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
"an incorrect calculation"
"the report in the paper is wrong"
"your information is wrong"
"the clock showed the wrong time"
"found themselves on the wrong road"
"based on the wrong assumptions"
<-> correct, right

{adj: inductive} of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion
"inductive reasoning"
<-> deductive

{adj: loath, loth, reluctant} unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
"a reluctant smile"
"loath to admit a mistake"
"unwilling to face facts"

{adj: man-to-man} forthright and honest
"had a man-to-man talk about the facts of life"

{adj: material} directly relevant to a matter especially a law case
"his support made a material difference"
"evidence material to the issue at hand"
"facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"
"a material witness"
<-> immaterial

{adj: matter-of-fact, pragmatic, pragmatical} concerned with practical matters
"a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem"
"a matter-of-fact account of the trip"

{adj: matter-of-fact, prosaic} not fanciful or imaginative
"local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"
"a prosaic and unimaginative essay"

{adj: mealymouthed, mealy-mouthed} hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy
"a mealymouthed politician"

{adj: molecular} relating to simple or elementary organization
"proceed by more and more detailed analysis to the molecular facts of perception"--G.A. Miller
<-> molar

{adj: nonrestrictive} not limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase
"the nonrestrictive clause in `I always buy his books, which have influenced me greatly,' refers to his books generally and adds an additional fact about them"

{adj: noteworthy, remarkable} worthy of notice
"a noteworthy fact is that her students rarely complain"
"a remarkable achievement"

{adj: notional, speculative} not based on fact or investigation
"a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"
"speculative knowledge"

{adj: outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, striking} having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
"an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"
"a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"
"salient traits"
"a spectacular rise in prices"
"a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"
"a striking resemblance between parent and child"

{adj: plain} not elaborate or elaborated; simple
"plain food"
"stuck to the plain facts"
"a plain blue suit"
"a plain rectangular brick building"
<-> fancy

{adj: pleonastic, redundant, tautologic, tautological} repetition of same sense in different words
"`a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions"
"the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological"
"at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition"- J.B.Conant

{adj: real, existent} being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
"real objects"
"real people; not ghosts"
"a film based on real life"
"a real illness"
"real humility"
"Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
<-> unreal

{adj: real, tangible} capable of being treated as fact
"tangible evidence"
"his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

{adj: receptive} open to arguments, ideas, or change
"receptive to reason and the logic of facts"

{adj: singular} being a single and separate person or thing
"can the singular person be understood apart from his culture?"
"every fact in the world might be singular...unlike any other fact and sole of its kind"-William James

{adj: solid} of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial
" work of solid scholarship"
"based on solid facts"

{adj: straight} right; in keeping with the facts
"set the record straight"
"made sure the facts were straight in the report"

{adj: substantial, real, material} having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
"the substantial world"
"a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"
"most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare
<-> insubstantial

{adj: synthetic, synthetical} of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts
"`all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition"
<-> analytic

{adj: tendentious, tendencious} having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one
"a tendentious account of recent elections"
"distinguishing between verifiable fact and tendentious assertion"

{adj: tough-minded, unsentimental} facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination

{adj: true} consistent with fact or reality; not false
"the story is true"
"it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B. Russell
"the true meaning of the statement"
<-> false

{adj: unchallengeable} not open to challenge
"unchallengeable facts"
"a position of unchallengeable supremacy"

{adj: unchangeable} not changeable or subject to change
"a fixed and unchangeable part of the germ plasm"-Ashley Montagu
"the unchangeable seasons"
"one of the unchangeable facts of life"
<-> changeable

{adj: undigested} not thought over and arranged systematically in the mind; not absorbed or assimilated mentally
"an undigested mass of facts gathered at random"

{adj: unidimensional, one-dimensional} relating to a single dimension or aspect; having no depth or scope
"a prose statement of fact is unidimensional, its value being measured wholly in terms of its truth"- Mary Sheehan
"a novel with one-dimensional characters"
<-> multidimensional

{adj: unimaginative} dealing only with concrete facts

{adj: unreal} lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
"ghosts and other unreal entities"
"unreal propaganda serving as news"
<-> real

{adj: unrepresentative} not exemplifying a class
"I soon tumbled to the fact that my weekends were atypical"
"behavior quite unrepresentative (or atypical) of the profession"

{adj: unsuspecting} (often followed by `of') not knowing or expecting; not thinking likely
"an unsuspecting victim"
"unsuspecting (or unaware) of the fact that I would one day be their leader"

{adj: untrue} not according with the facts
"unfortunately the statement was simply untrue"

{adj: virtual} existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact
"a virtual dependence on charity"
"a virtual revolution"
"virtual reality"

{adj: well-known} widely or fully known
"a well-known politician"
"well-known facts"
"a politician who is well known"
"these facts are well known"

{adv: a posteriori} derived from observed facts
<-> a priori

{adv: a priori} derived by logic, without observed facts
<-> a posteriori

{adv: actually, in reality} used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly
"you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out"
"she actually spoke Latin"
"they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets"
"people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous"

{adv: actually, really} in actual fact
"to be nominally but not actually independent"
"no one actually saw the shark"
"large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"

{adv: de facto} in reality or fact
"the result was, de facto, a one-party system"

{adv: effectively, in effect} in actuality or reality or fact
"she is effectively his wife"
"in effect, they had no choice"

{adv: eventually, yet, sooner or later, in time, one of these days} within an indefinite time or at an unspecified future time
"he will understand eventually"
"he longed for the flowers that were yet to show themselves"
"sooner or later you will have to face the facts"
"in time they came to accept the harsh reality"

{adv: factually} as a fact or based on fact
"they learn much, factually, about the problems of retirement and provision for old age, and, psychologically, in the sharing of their thoughts on retirement"

{adv: feebly} in a halting and feeble manner
"reform, in fact, is, rather feebly, on the win"

{adv: idiotically} in an idiotic manner
"what arouses the indignation of the honest satirist is not the fact that people in positions of power or influence behave idiotically"

{adv: in a nutshell} summed up briefly
"gave the facts in a nutshell"
"just tell me the story in a nutshell"
"explained the situation in a nutshell"

{adv: in fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact} in reality or actuality
"in fact, it was a wonder anyone survived"
"painters who are in fact anything but unsophisticated"
"as a matter of fact, he is several inches taller than his father"

{adv: in name, in name only} by title or repute though not in fact
"he's a doctor in name only"

{adv: in truth, really, truly} in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)
"in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire"
"really, you shouldn't have done it"
"a truly awful book"

{adv: individually, separately, singly, severally, one by one, on an individual basis} apart from others
"taken individually, the rooms were, in fact, square"
"the fine points are treated singly"

{adv: insinuatingly} in an insinuating manner
"the art book has art to sell, insinuatingly, and for a purpose, like the American muse, which has in fact a tradition to sell, and one which doesn't exist, in painting"

{adv: ipso facto} by the fact itself
"ipso facto, her innocence was established"

{adv: light-heartedly, lightsomely} in a light-hearted manner
"he light-heartedly overlooks some of the basic facts of life"

{adv: objectively} with objectivity
"we must look at the facts objectively"
<-> subjectively

{adv: pro tem, pro tempore} for the time being; temporarily
"accepting pro tem that hypothesis consistent with the facts"- J.W.Krutch

{adv: properly speaking, strictly speaking, to be precise} in actual fact
"properly speaking, they are not husband and wife"

{adv: prosaically, unimaginatively} in a matter-of-fact manner
"I applied my attention prosaically to my routine"

{adv: retroactively} after the fact
"he will get paid retroactively"

{adv: smugly} in a smug manner
"the bureaucrats explained smugly that the facts provided by their own experts show no cause for concern"

{adv: subjectively} in a subjective way
"you cannot look at these facts subjectively"
<-> objectively

{adv: theoretically, on paper, in theory} according to the assumed facts
"on paper the candidate seems promising"

{adv: therefore, hence, thence, thus} (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
"therefore X must be true"
"the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory"
"we were young and thence optimistic"
"it is late and thus we must go"
"the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted"

{adv: truly, genuinely, really} in accordance with truth or fact or reality
"she was now truly American"
"a genuinely open society"
"they don't really listen to us"

{adv: unarguably, undisputedly} in an unarguable and undisputed manner
"you write as if this fact whilst inarguably forever condemning me to the ranks of Bohemianism nevertheless earned for me the right of entry into any company"

{adv: virtually} in essence or effect but not in fact
"the strike virtually paralyzed the city"
"I'm virtually broke"

{n: Geoffrey of Monmouth} Welsh chronicler who wrote an account of the kings of Britain which is now believed to contain little historical fact but it is a source of the Arthurian legend (circa 1100-1154)

{n: accessory after the fact} a person who gives assistance or comfort to someone known to be a felon or known to be sought in connection with the commission of a felony

{n: accessory before the fact} a person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration

{n: accessory during the fact} a person who witnesses a crime but does not try to prevent it

{n: affirmative pleading} any defensive pleading that affirms facts rather than merely denying the facts alleged by the plaintiff

{n: allegation, allegement} statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove

{n: alternative pleading, pleading in the alternative} a pleading that alleges facts so separate that it is difficult to determine which facts the person intends to rely on

{n: ancient history} knowledge of some recent fact or event that has become so commonly known that it has lost its original pertinence

{n: argument, statement} a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
"it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"

{n: arrangement, organization, organisation, system} an organized structure for arranging or classifying
"he changed the arrangement of the topics"
"the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"
"he tried to understand their system of classification"

{n: audibility, audibleness} quality or fact or degree of being audible or perceptible by the ear
<-> inaudibility

{n: bare bones} (plural) the most basic facts or elements
"he told us only the bare bones of the story"

{n: basics, rudiments} a statement of fundamental facts or principles

{n: being, beingness, existence} the state or fact of existing
"a point of view gradually coming into being"
"laws in existence for centuries"
<-> nonbeing, nonexistence

{n: bill of Particulars} the particular events to be dealt with in a criminal trial; advises the defendant and the court of the facts the defendant will be required to meet

{n: brief, legal brief} a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

{n: capacity, mental ability} the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
<-> incapacity

{n: case} a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
"he stated his case clearly"

{n: cause of action} a claim sufficient to demand judicial attention; the facts that give rise to right of action

{n: certificate, certification, credential, credentials} a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

{n: chemical notation} a notation used by chemists to express technical facts in chemistry

{n: circumstantial evidence, indirect evidence} evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute
<-> direct evidence

{n: clincher, decisive factor} a point or fact or remark that settles something conclusively

{n: colligation} the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis

{n: complaint} (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based

{n: conditional contract} a contract whose performance depends on a fact or event that affects legal relations

{n: confirmation, verification, check, substantiation} additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct
"fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

{n: consistency} logical coherence and accordance with the facts
"a rambling argument that lacked any consistency"

{n: context, circumstance} the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
"the historical context"

{n: correctness, rightness} conformity to fact or truth
<-> incorrectness, wrongness

{n: counterfactuality} the quality of being contrary to fact
<-> factuality

{n: data, information} a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
"statistical data"

{n: de facto segregation} segregation (especially in schools) that happens in fact although not required by law

{n: detail, item, point} an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
"several of the details are similar"
"a point of information"

{n: digestion} learning and coming to understand ideas and information
"his appetite for facts was better than his digestion"

{n: direct evidence} evidence (usually the testimony of a witness) directly related to the fact in dispute
<-> circumstantial evidence

{n: discovery} (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case

{n: discrepancy, disagreement, divergence, variance} a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
"a growing divergence of opinion"

{n: distortion} the mistake of misrepresenting the facts

{n: documentary, docudrama, documentary film, infotainment} a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event

{n: documentation, certification, corroboration} confirmation that some fact or statement is true

{n: duality, wave-particle duality} (physics) the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory

{n: election} the status or fact of being elected
"they celebrated his election"

{n: estoppel} a rule of evidence whereby a person is barred from denying the truth of a fact that has already been settled

{n: evidence} (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved

{n: explicandum, explanandum} (logic) a statement of something (a fact or thing or expression) to be explained

{n: extrapolation} an inference about the future (or about some hypothetical situation) based on known facts and observations

{n: factoid} something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print

{n: factuality, factualness} the quality of being actual or based on fact
"the realm of factuality must be distinguished from the realm of imagination"
<-> counterfactuality

{n: fact} a concept whose truth can be proved
"scientific hypotheses are not facts"

{n: fact} a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
"first you must collect all the facts of the case"

{n: fact} a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened
"he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts"

{n: fact} an event known to have happened or something known to have existed
"your fears have no basis in fact"
"how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell"

{n: fait accompli, accomplished fact} an irreversible accomplishment

{n: false vampire, false vampire bat} any New or Old World carnivorous bat erroneously thought to suck blood but in fact feeding on insects

{n: falsification, misrepresentaation} a willful perversion of facts

{n: fictionalization, fictionalisation} a literary work based partly or wholly on fact but written as if it were fiction

{n: fiction} a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

{n: finding of law, conclusion of law} a finding as to the applicability of a rule of law to particular facts

{n: finding} the decision of a court on issues of fact or law

{n: fraud in fact, positive fraud} actual deceit; concealing something or making a false representation with an evil intent to cause injury to another

{n: fraud in the inducement} fraud which intentionally causes a person to execute and instrument or make an agreement or render a judgment; e.g., misleading someone about the true facts

{n: general verdict} an ordinary verdict declaring which party prevails without any special findings of fact
<-> special verdict

{n: generalization, generalisation, induction, inductive reasoning} reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

{n: general} a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)
"he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
<-> particular, specific

{n: hearing} (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence

{n: historicalness} the state of having in fact existed in the past

{n: history lesson} a less in the facts of history

{n: hypothesis, possibility, theory} a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
"a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"
"he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"

{n: hypothesis} a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations

{n: incorrectness, wrongness} the quality of not conforming to fact or truth
<-> correctness, rightness

{n: index, index number, indicant, indicator} a number or ratio (a value on a scale of measurement) derived from a series of observed facts; can reveal relative changes as a function of time

{n: indicative mood, indicative, declarative mood, declarative, common mood, fact mood} a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact

{n: jury system} a legal system for determining the facts at issue in a law suit

{n: justification} something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
"he considered misrule a justification for revolution"

{n: know} the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people
"he is always in the know"

{n: landholding} ownership of land; the state or fact of owning land

{n: law, law of nature} a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature
"the laws of thermodynamics"

{n: matter of fact} a matter that is an actual fact or is demonstrable as a fact

{n: memorial} a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority

{n: narration} (rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth

{n: noise} incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks
"all the noise in his speech concealed the fact that he didn't have anything to say"

{n: observation} facts learned by observing
"he reported his observations to the mayor"

{n: open, surface} information that has become public
"all the reports were out in the open"
"the facts had been brought to the surface"

{n: ownership} the state or fact of being an owner

{n: particular, specific} a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
"he always reasons from the particular to the general"
<-> general

{n: petit jury, petty jury} a jury of 12 to determine the facts and decide the issue in civil or criminal proceedings

{n: positivist, rationalist} someone who emphasizes observable facts and excludes metaphysical speculation about origins or ultimate causes

{n: presumption} (law) an inference of the truth of a fact from other facts proved or admitted or judicially noticed

{n: prose} matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression

{n: prospectus} a formal written offer to sell securities (filed with the SEC) that sets forth a plan for a (proposed) business enterprise
"a prospectus should contain the facts that an investor needs to make an informed decision"

{n: proverb, adage, saw, byword} a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

{n: question of fact, matter of fact} a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide

{n: realism, pragmatism} the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth

{n: reason} a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion
"there is reason to believe he is lying"

{n: recital} a detailed statement giving facts and figures
"his wife gave a recital of his infidelities"

{n: record, record book, book} a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
"Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'"
"his name is in all the record books"

{n: reference book, reference, reference work, book of facts} a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
"he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"

{n: representation} a statement of facts and reasons made in appealing or protesting
"certain representations were made concerning police brutality"

{n: reproduction, procreation, breeding, facts of life} the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring

{n: res ipsa loquitur} a rule of evidence whereby the negligence of an alleged wrongdoer can be inferred from the fact that the accident happened

{n: research} systematic investigation to establish facts

{n: rule of evidence} (law) a rule of law whereby any alleged matter of fact that is submitted for investigation at a judicial trial is established or disproved

{n: scientific fact} an observation that has been confirmed repeatedly and is accepted as true (although its truth is never final)

{n: score} the facts about an actual situation
"he didn't know the score"

{n: security, certificate} a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
"he held several valuable securities"

{n: semantic memory} your memory for meanings and general (impersonal) facts

{n: special pleading} (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations

{n: speculativeness} the quality of being a conclusion or opinion based on supposition and conjecture rather than on fact or investigation
"her work is highly contentious because of its speculativeness and lack of supporting evidence"

{n: speculator} someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts

{n: statement} a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

{n: stipulation, judicial admission} (law) an agreement or concession made by parties in a judicial proceeding (or by their attorneys) relating to the business before the court; must be in writing unless they are part of the court record
"a stipulation of fact was made in order to avoid delay"

{n: stockholding} ownership of stocks; the state or fact of holding stock
"prohibition of unrestricted intercorporate stockholding"- W.Z.Ripley

{n: subjectivity, subjectiveness} judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts

{n: subjunctive mood, subjunctive} a mood that represent an act or state (not as a fact but) as contingent or possible

{n: summary judgment, summary judgement, judgment on the pleadings, judgement on the pleadings} a judgment rendered by the court prior to a verdict because no material issue of fact exists and one party or the other is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law

{n: testimony} an assertion offering firsthand authentication of a fact
"according to his own testimony he can't do it"

{n: theory} a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena
"theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"
"true in fact and theory"

{n: think piece} an article in a newspaper or magazine or journal that represents opinions and ideas and discussion rather than bare facts

{n: trial court} the first court before which the facts of a case are decided

{n: truth} a fact that has been verified
"at last he knew the truth"
"the truth is that he didn't want to do it"

{n: unreality, irreality} the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
<-> reality

{n: verdict, finding of fact} (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment

{n: visibility, visibleness} quality or fact or degree of being visible; perceptible by the eye or obvious to the eye
"low visibility caused by fog"
<-> invisibility

{n: written record, written account} a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

{v: advertise, publicize, advertize, publicise} call attention to
"Please don't advertise the fact that he has AIDS"

{v: associate, tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up, connect} make a logical or causal connection
"I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"
"colligate these facts"
"I cannot relate these events at all"
<-> dissociate

{v: awaken} make aware
"They were awakened to the sad facts"

{v: call} challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
"call the speaker on a question of fact"

{v: check} verify by consulting a source or authority
"check the spelling of this word"
"check your facts"

{v: confabulate} unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory

{v: confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm} establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
"his story confirmed my doubts"
"The evidence supports the defendant"
<-> negate

{v: correlate} to bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
"Do these facts correlate?"

{v: cover, cover up} hide from view or knowledge
"The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"

{v: cross-check} check out conflicting sources ; crosscheck facts, for example

{v: detect, observe, find, discover, notice} discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
"She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"
"We found traces of lead in the paint"

{v: inform} impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
"I informed him of his rights"

{v: know, cognize, cognise} be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information ; possess knowledge or information about
"I know that the President lied to the people"
"I want to know who is winning the game!"
"I know it's time"
<-> ignore

{v: marshal} arrange in logical order
"marshal facts or arguments"

{v: match, mate, couple, pair, twin} bring two objects, ideas, or people together
"This fact is coupled to the other one"
"Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"
"The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

{v: patent} make open to sight or notice
"His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

{v: plead} make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts

{v: retroflex} articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate
"Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants"

{v: run, go, pass, lead, extend} stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope ; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
"Service runs all the way to Cranbury"
"His knowledge doesn't go very far"
"My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
"The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"

{v: tamper, fiddle, monkey} play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
"Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"
"The reporter fiddle with the facts"

{v: traverse, deny} deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit

{v: wake} make aware of
"His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"

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