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Definitions

Science:

  • a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged andshowing the operation of general laws: "the mathematical sciences."
  • systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation
  • origin:  via Old French from Latin scientia  knowledge, from scīre  to know
  • synonyms: discipline, information, system

Fact:

  • a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: "Scientists gather  facts about plant growth."
  • a truth verifiable from experience or observation
  • origin:  from Latin factum  something done, from factus  made, from facere  to make
  • synonyms: evidence, experience, verity

Fiction:

  • the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, especially in prose form
  • an imaginary thing or event, postulated for the purposes of argument or explanation
  • origin: from Latin fictiō  a fashioning, hence something imaginary, from fingere  to shape
  • synonyms: fable, legend, myth
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