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The word "fact" is derived from the Latin factum, which was first used in English with the same term: a meaning now obsolete, a thing done or executed. Around the middle of the sixteenth century, the modern use of "something that has really occurred or is the case" dates from. The word truth often implies a matter believed to be valid or correct under debate, such as highlighting an argument or confirming a contested question. Alternatively, reality may also mean an assertion or stipulation of something that may or may not be a true fact (e.g., "the author's facts are not trustworthy"). Alternatively, fact may indicate an accusation or stipulation of something that may or may not be a true fact. While disputed by others, this alternative use has a long tradition in standard English.

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