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

  • It is not the case... The fact is that there has not been substantial...
    – user66974
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 7:25
  • It is not the [situation]9http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/case), i.e. no conversation or debate has taken place. Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 7:30

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

  • I see that quite often people use "this is not the case", "this is not true". Not "it"...
    – john c. j.
    Commented Aug 1, 2020 at 10:54
  • Where do you live? It might just be a regionalism.
    – insaner
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 22:53

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