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From Latin factum. See fact.


factum (plural facta or factums)

  1. (law) Somebody's own act and deed.
    1. (law, civil law) Anything stated and made certain.
    2. (law) The due execution of a will, including everything necessary to its validity.
    3. (law, Canada) A statement of fact and law delivered before a court
      • 2009 January 31, Isabel Teotonio, “Police mole trapped teen, court told”, in Toronto Star[1]:
        But according to a factum filed by Crown prosecutors, Shaikh's status was "confidential informer," therefore RCMP did not direct him about what to do at the camp.
  2. (mathematics, obsolete) A product (result of multiplying two numbers).

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “factum”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)



Neuter perfect passive participle of faciō; neuter perfect active participle of fieri.



factum n (genitive factī); second declension

  1. fact, deed, act, doing
    Synonyms: facinus, rēs, gestum, āctiō, commissum, coeptum, āctus
    bonum factuma good deed
    • 43 BCEc. 17 CE, Ovid, Fasti 2.117:
      dī pia facta vident
      The gods see pious deeds
  2. exploit, feat, accomplishment, achievement


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative factum facta
Genitive factī factōrum
Dative factō factīs
Accusative factum facta
Ablative factō factīs
Vocative factum facta

Derived terms[edit]




  1. accusative supine of faciō



  1. inflection of factus:
    1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular
    2. accusative masculine singular


  • factum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • factum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • factum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • factum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to have become independent, be no longer a minor: sui iuris factum esse
    • (ambiguous) he feels better: melius ei factum est
    • (ambiguous) to be born for a thing, endowed by nature for it: natum, factum esse ad aliquid (faciendum)
    • (ambiguous) to pass from myth to history: ut a fabulis ad facta veniamus
    • (ambiguous) a work of art: artis opus; opus arte factum or perfectum
    • (ambiguous) a master-piece of classical work: opus summo artificio[TR1] factum
    • (ambiguous) to be a born orator: natum, factum esse ad dicendum
    • (ambiguous) to make virtue the standard in every thought and act: omnia consilia et facta ad virtutem referre (Phil. 10. 10. 20)
    • (ambiguous) a good conscience: conscientia recta, recte facti (factorum), virtutis, bene actae vitae, rectae voluntatis
    • (ambiguous) to congratulate oneself on one's clear conscience: conscientia recte factorum erigi
    • (ambiguous) thought and deed: consilia et facta (cf. sect. X. 1, note For 'thoughts and deeds'...)
    • (ambiguous) silver plate: argentum (factum) (Verr. 5. 25. 63)
    • (ambiguous) the rate of interest has gone up from 4 per cent to 8 per cent: fenus ex triente Id. Quint. factum erat bessibus (Att. 4. 15. 7)
    • (ambiguous) to advance to the walls protected by a covering of shields: testudine facta moenia subire (B. G. 2. 6)
    • (ambiguous) after capitulation: deditione facta (Sall. Iug. 26)
    • (ambiguous) there was great slaughter of fugitives: magna caedes hostium fugientium facta est
    • (ambiguous) Asia was made subject to Rome: Asia populi Romani facta est