adverb /ˈmætər əv ˈfæ
a) As though stating a fact.

"I took the liberty of inviting somebody else to have dinner with us," Stallman said, matter-of-factly, giving me the same cat-like smile he gave me back in that Palo Alto restaurant.

b) As though the situation is normal and not unusual; not dramatically or fancifully.

He was not of the East; and he came of a breed who fought devils and wizards as promptly and matter-of-factly as they battled human foes.

See Also: matter-of-fact, fact of the matter

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