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matter of record (plural matters of record)

  1. A fact that is recorded in governmental or other official records.
    • 1906, Andy Adams, "The Story of a Poker Steer,"
      When Dick Larkin asked to see his credentials, the inspector not only produced them, but gave the owner's name and the county in which the brand was a matter of record.
  2. (law) A fact that is contained within court files or has otherwise been entered into evidence before the court.