Physical Fact

Physical Fact

In the law of evidence, an event having a corporeal existence, as distinguished from a mere conception of the mind; one that is visible, audible, or tangible, such as the sound of footsteps or impressions made by human feet on the ground.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
[1] The physical fact, to which it is here attempted to give a moral signification, has been known to occur in more than one instance.
She was astonished, not by the spiritual fact that such bruise had been administered by the one she loved most in the world, but by the sheer physical fact that an instant's pressure had inflicted so much damage.
The ultimate physical facts of their relation were something which they never considered.
It has happened to me once to be talking to a man whose fate was affected by physical facts of that kind.
In the last section, Brent Walter Cline takes a different approach and focuses on the mind, insinuating that the body, even in its healthiest form, can be an impairment, introducing "embodiment-as-disabled" and reminding us that "Impairment is a real, physical fact" (132-33).
Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, 'The two become one,'' wrote Kho.
(29.) Just as Prospero derides Caliban's misshapen body, the Italian also uses physical deformity to describe the island life of Caliban's mother, "the foul witch Sycorax, who with age and envy / Was grown into a hoop" (1.2.227-28), as if this hunchback came as much from the moral error of envy as from the physical fact of aging.
A self-described "emotional science project," Bernadette Mayer's Memory--1,100-odd photographs made by shooting a thirty-sixexposure roll of 35-mm color slide film on each of the thirty-one days of July 1971, accompanied by six-plus hours of diaristic narration that the artist later revised into a book--is one of those conceptual pieces from the 1960s and '70s that have been better known as anecdote than as physical fact. The work was first shown in its entirety in February 1972 at Holly Solomon's 98 Greene Street space and has been re-created in various partial arrangements over the years.
Foreignness becomes a complex privilege that removes barriers, while anxieties about disability recede in the presence of people who regard it as a "physical fact."
Opinion and assertion can refuse to believe physical fact. Opinion and assertion refusing to believe fact always results in avoidable harm.
Yet the way "Denial" treats the physical fact of Auschwitz as if it could prove something--the way it merges the evidentiary and the mythic--indicates that the film's basic dramatic sense isn't all there.
Tibbalds identified a physical fact that should have been obvious but which had been obscured by decades of highway engineering and indiscriminate building: that Birmingham city centre is on top of a hill.