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comment Is there a single word for when something becomes neglected or forgotten (e.g. a plant dies because the gardener forgets to water it)?
This is the right answer for software, as per the OP. There is even the term "Abandonware".
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
In the NOAD example, we can assume the fact is true, J.R. :) It's made up, after all. The example is simply there to show the word's place in a sentence, not get into this larger debate about "truth".
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@TusharRaj By all means, flag away! I'm not attacking you at all. I'm sincerely trying to understand your POV, which, actually if you think about it, is this: A fact does not have to be true, but if you're refusing to discuss this further, so be it. Personally, what I subscribe to is surmised very well here: simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fact
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@TusharRaj I'm still waiting on an answer... :)
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@Robusto I'm not convinced by lesser dictionaries myself, I often find mistakes in them :) That said, I think it's fair to state that, the word "fact" is used to distinguish between things that are indisputable and things that are debatable.
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@TusharRaj Your example does not make sense to me, which is why I'm asking for a simple clarification. (My example is not about anyone's specific religion at all. That's why I used "higher power".) Also, I have edited your post twice: First to impose to my understanding -- rejected. Second to fix tenses and a minor edit to clarify your argument.
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@Robusto If we're talking about English, and not some fluffy philosophical discussion about "truth", then the answer is already there: A "fact", by definition, is "indisputable" :)
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@TusharRaj It's not a flame war. I'd just like to you explain to me how, by your definition, it's a fact that there's a higher power if someone states, "I believe there is a higher power". (And, as per your other examples; I'll ignore the UFO one, as it's clearly flawed, but re: the person found guilty: It's a fact that they were found guilty, but that does not, in any way, mean it's a fact that they commited the crime -- plenty of people have been found guilty of crimes they did not commit. The facts never changed, no matter what the jury decides.)
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
If this is, as the site would suggest, a question about English, and not philosophy, then the answer can be found here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/22170/…
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@TusharRaj Please explain to me why it is a not a fact that there's a higher power if someone states: "I believe there is a higher power". According to your definition, it is a fact.
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@TusharRaj Also, I think part of your confusion stems from the idea that people before 1917 make a mistake with regards to the atom. They did not. They took measurements, and those measurements who still be true today. For some reason you've attributed a widely held belief and described it as "fact". Anyone who stated, prior to 1917, that it's a fact that the atom could not be split, would have been wrong then, too -- even in their own time, before we knew it was possible. It might have been a belief, but nobody could have stated it was a fact.
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
@TusharRaj Perhaps it's your wording then, but it's categorically incorrect to state: "A fact is something you believe to be true." That is NOT the definition of a fact. A fact is something that can be demonstrably shown to be true -- even if it can later demonstrably shown to be wrong due to better instruments.
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comment Does a “fact” have to be true?
A fact is NOT "something you believe to be true", that's why beliefs can be proved untrue. Before 1917, it was incorrectly stated that an atom couldn't be split. Although people stated it was a fact, those people were wrong -- even at the time. A fact is something that all possible knowledge backs up as being true, it's not something people "believe".