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WORD ORIGIN

"to be of importance or consequence," 1580s, from matter (n.). Related: Mattered; mattering.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AS A MATTER OF FACT

actually

adjectivetruly real, existent
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.