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what's the meaning of: "it is not the case that"

However, it is not the case that there has been substantial, or even adequate, theoretical conversation and debate about these terms and their usage

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It is not the case... The fact is that there has not been substantial... – Josh61 Mar 10 '14 at 7:25
It is not the [situation]9http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/case), i.e. no conversation or debate has taken place. – medica Mar 10 '14 at 7:30

"It is not the case" is a more formal way of saying "it is not true".

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