fact of life

1. facts of life plural : the fundamental physiological processes and reactions involved in sex and reproduction

the mistake of bringing up children in ignorance of the facts of life

2. : something that exists and must be taken into consideration (as in developing a plan of action or comprehending a situation)

that communism has a real appeal to the Asian is a fact of life we cannot ignore

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1. any aspect of human existence that must be acknowledged or regarded as unalterable: Old age is a fact of life.
2. facts of life, the facts concerning sex, reproduction, and birth: to teach children the facts of life.
[1850-55]

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fact of life,
a fact that cannot be disputed or changed, however undesirable it may be: »

It was a “fact of life” that nations which could not pay their way in the world did not have any influence on the course of events (Manchester Guardian Weekly).

See also facts of life. (Cf.facts of life)

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noun, pl facts of life
1 [count] : something that exists and that cannot be changed or ignored

For new parents, lack of sleep is just a fact of life.

2 the facts of life : the facts about sex that are told to children

He explained the facts of life to his son.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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