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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. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; " the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; " actual and imagined conditions"
  3. being or existing at the present moment; " the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
  4. 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"
  5. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; " we saw the actual wedding on television"; " filmed the actual beating"
  6. 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"
  7. Involving or comprising action; active.
  8. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country.
  9. Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts.
  10. 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.
  11. Existing in fact; real as opposed to merely possible; present.
  12. Real, existent, active, not potential.
  13. Real: existing in fact and now, as opp. to an imaginary or past state of things.
  14. ACTUALLY.
  15. ACTUALITY.
  16. Something actual or real. " Not... actuals, but only Egyptian budget estimates."- Fort. Rev.
  17. Real; existing.
  18. Existing in fact; real.
  19. Something real.
  20. Real; existing in act or fact; existing at present.
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Usage examples for actual

  1. " Less than three score and ten in actual years," she told him. – Wolf Breed by Jackson Gregory
  2. Its population is estimated at three hundred thousand, which I think is rather short of the actual number. – The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes by Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes
  3. " I'm going to make him an actual partner in the mine. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  4. He wasn't of much use to me in actual work. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  5. Where was the actual entrance? – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  6. You had actual evidence of this? – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  7. 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
  8. For the first time since the doctor had told Lingard of what had happened the night before, it seemed as if Athena, her actual physical presence, was close to him again. – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. Was it not his actual life? – What Dreams May Come by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  10. 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
  11. I even gained a suspicion that Percival Coolidge was the actual leader of the conspiracy." – The Case and The Girl by Randall Parrish
  12. No previous preparation makes the mind ready for the actual revelation. – The Book of the National Parks by Robert Sterling Yard
  13. In actual practice, I have not found this to be so. – A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers
  14. Apparent Time Actual or Sun Time. – Lectures in Navigation by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  15. 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
  16. A short time ago it gave me actual pleasure. – The Motor Maid by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  17. It was not the actual man I fell in love with in England. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  18. 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
  19. There would be actual terror for her in the notion of such an accident. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  20. It seemed to possess actual physical weight, and to press us down from above. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
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