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matter-of-fact

adjective uk   /ˌmæt.ə.rəvˈfækt/ us    /ˌmæt̬.ɚ.əv-/
not showing feelings or emotion, especially in a situation when emotion would be expected: He spoke in a very matter-of-fact way about the accident.
matter-of-factly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She announced the news matter-of-factly.
matter-of-factness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “matter-of-fact”
in Chinese (Traditional) 就事論事的, 不帶感情的…
in Russian прозаичный, сухой…
in Turkish gerçekçi, hayale kapılmayan, realist…
in Chinese (Simplified) 就事论事的, 不带感情的…
in Polish rzeczowy…
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