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Definitions of actual

  1. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; " her actual motive"; " a literal solitude like a desert"- G. K. Chesterton; " a genuine dilemma"
  2. being or existing at the present moment; " the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
  3. existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not; " de facto segregation is as real as segration imposed by law"; " a de facto state of war"
  4. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; " we saw the actual wedding on television"; " filmed the actual beating"
  5. of the nature of fact; having actual existence; " rocks and trees... the actual world"; " actual heroism"; " the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
  6. Involving or comprising action; active.
  7. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country.
  8. Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts.
  9. Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; - opposed to potential, possible, virtual, speculative, conceivable, theoretical, or nominal; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion.
  10. Existing in fact; real as opposed to merely possible; present.
  11. Real: existing in fact and now, as opp. to an imaginary or past state of things.
  12. ACTUALLY.
  13. ACTUALITY.
  14. Something actual or real. " Not... actuals, but only Egyptian budget estimates."- Fort. Rev.
  15. Real; existing.
  16. Existing in fact; real.
  17. Something real.
  18. Real; existing in act or fact; existing at present.

Usage examples for actual

  1. It seemed to possess actual physical weight, and to press us down from above. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  2. If such a document should ever be found, then that would be the actual will and not the one which he had now read. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
  3. A short time ago it gave me actual pleasure. – The Motor Maid by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  4. To say that the discovery gave her actual pleasure would be doing her injustice; but the excitement of the moment swept away every other sensation. – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  5. They may have been actual years: or they may have been, as I am inclined to think, changes in his own soul and state of mind. – Sermons on National Subjects by Charles Kingsley
  6. Was it not his actual life? – What Dreams May Come by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  7. Where was the actual entrance? – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  8. It was not the actual man I fell in love with in England. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  9. " I'm going to make him an actual partner in the mine. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  10. There would be actual terror for her in the notion of such an accident. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  11. No previous preparation makes the mind ready for the actual revelation. – The Book of the National Parks by Robert Sterling Yard
  12. You had actual evidence of this? – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  13. Then he told him how he had been condemned by the Sultan, for some private enmity, to die, but he carefully observed the utmost secrecy as to what the actual motive of his punishment really was. – The Circassian Slave; or, The Sultan's Favorite A Story of Constantinople and the Caucasus by Lieutenant Maturin Murray
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