# Fact vs. Statistic — What's the Difference?

## Difference Between Fact and Statistic

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## Definitions

#### Fact➦

A fact is an occurrence in the real world. The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability—that is whether it can be demonstrated to correspond to experience.

#### Statistic➦

A statistic (singular) or sample statistic is any quantity computed from values in a sample which is considered for a statistical purpose. Statistical purposes include estimating a population parameter, describing a sample, or evaluating a hypothesis.

#### Fact➦

A thing that is known or proved to be true

The most commonly known fact about hedgehogs is that they have fleas

He ignores some historical and economic facts

A body of fact

#### Statistic➦

A fact or piece of data obtained from a study of a large quantity of numerical data

The statistics show that the crime rate has increased

#### Fact➦

Knowledge or information based on real occurrences

An account based on fact.

A blur of fact and fancy.

#### Statistic➦

Another term for statistical

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#### Fact➦

Something demonstrated to exist or known to have existed

Genetic engineering is now a fact. That Chaucer was a real person is an undisputed fact.

#### Statistic➦

A numerical piece of information.

#### Fact➦

A real occurrence; an event

Had to prove the facts of the case.

#### Statistic➦

A calculated numerical value (such as the sample mean) that characterizes some aspect of a sample set of data, and that is often meant to estimate the true value of a corresponding parameter (such as the population mean) in an underlying population.

#### Fact➦

Something believed to be true or real

A document laced with mistaken facts.

#### Statistic➦

One viewed solely as a piece of statistical or numerical information

Got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy.

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#### Fact➦

A thing that has been done, especially a crime

An accessory before the fact.

#### Statistic➦

Alternative form of statistical

#### Fact➦

(Law) A conclusion drawn by a judge or jury from the evidence in a case

A finding of fact.

#### Statistic➦

A single item in a statistical study.

#### Fact➦

Something actual as opposed to invented.

In this story, the Gettysburg Address is a fact, but the rest is fiction.

#### Statistic➦

A quantity calculated from the data in a sample, which characterises an important aspect in the sample (such as mean or standard deviation).

#### Fact➦

Something which is real.

Gravity is a fact, not a theory.

#### Statistic➦

A person, or personal event, reduced to being an item of statistical information.

By dying from an overdose, he became just another statistic.

#### Fact➦

Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.

Let's look at the facts of the case before deciding.

#### Statistic➦

Of or pertaining to statistics; as, statistical knowledge; statistical tabulation.

#### Fact➦

An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of experts.

There is no doubting the fact that the Earth orbits the Sun.

#### Statistic➦

A datum that can be represented numerically

#### Fact➦

Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.

The facts about space travel.

#### Fact➦

(databases) An individual value or measurement at the lowest level of granularity in a data warehouse.

#### Fact➦

(archaic) Action; the realm of action.

#### Fact➦

A wrongful or criminal deed.

He had become an accessory after the fact.

#### Fact➦

(obsolete) A feat or meritorious deed.

#### Fact➦

Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.

#### Fact➦

A doing, making, or preparing.

A project for the fact and vendingOf a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies.

#### Fact➦

An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.

What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am not able to conjecture.

He who most excels in fact of arms.

#### Fact➦

Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.

#### Fact➦

The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing; sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, history abounds with false facts.

I do not grant the fact.

This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true.

#### Fact➦

A piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred;

First you must collect all the facts of the case

#### 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

#### 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

#### Fact➦

A concept whose truth can be proved;

Scientific hypotheses are not facts