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Definition of the adjective actual

What does actual mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
    • examples: the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different | actual and imagined conditions
    • synonym of actual: existent
    • antonym of actual: potential
    • similar: effective
    • attribute: actuality = the state of actually existing objectively
  2. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated
    • examples: we saw the actual wedding on television | filmed the actual beating
    • similar: existent / real
  3. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
  4. existing in act or fact
    • examples: rocks and trees...the actual world | actual heroism | the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced
    • synonym of actual: factual
    • similar: existent / real
  5. being or existing at the present moment
    • example: the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West
    • similar: current

Alternative definition of the adjective actual


  1. Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact
  2. Factual, real, not just apparent or even false
  3. In action at the time being; now existing.
  4. [obsolete] Active, not passive
  5. Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.

Definition of the noun actual

What does actual mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: actuals

  1. An actual, real one; notably
  2. [finance] Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones.
  3. [military] A radio callsign modifier that specifies the commanding officer of the unit or asset denoted by the remainder of the callsign and not the officer's assistant or other designee.


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    • released in (13 years ago)

Phrases with Actual

  1. actual sin
  2. Actual malice
  3. actual damages
  4. actual eviction
  5. Actual Occasions
  6. Actual Parameter
  7. actual possession
  8. Actual Bodily Harm

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Google previewEdinburgh Review, Or Critical Journal (1850)

It is probable that, instead of a statement of fact, it is a declaration of will—that the word actual means future; and that what was intended to be announced was, that the Provisional Government had decided that the government which was to ...

Google previewThe American Phonographic Dictionary: Exhibiting the Correct and Actual Shorthand Forms for All the Useful Words of the English Language, about Fifty Thousand in Number and in Addition, Many Foreign Terms (1891)

Also the Best Shorthand Forms for Two Thousand Geographical Names, and as Many Family, Personal and Noted Fictitious Names


Google previewPhilippine Law Dictionary

ACTUAL UNLAWFUL The price which the property will bring in a fair market after fair and reasonable efforts have been made to find a purchaser who will give the highest price for it. For purposes of taxation, the selling price of the article in the ...

Google previewMellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage (2009)

by David Mellinkoff

actual adverse possession war, government controls, strikes. In preliminary negotiation, and as an identifying label, lawyers use force majeure in preference to the more limiting act of God and vis major. <Of course the completion date would ...

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (1999)

by Jeffrey Wayne Vincoli

actual coverage terval (MLDI) for the adapted vertex for each arrival aircraft based upon runway configuration, airport acceptance rate, airport arrival delay period, and other metered arrival aircrafi. This time is either the vertex time of arrival ...

Google previewRSMeans Illustrated Construction Dictionary (2012)

by RSMeans

duration, actual duration, and remaining duration. For inprogress activities, the completion duration is calculated by combining actual duration (sofar) and remaining duration. act ofGodAn unforeseeable, inevitable event causedbynatural ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Engineering (2014)

A Guide to the Language of Engineering by Ron Hanifan

Envelope, Actual Mating (1) This term is defined according to the type of feature, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

If the converse of this proposition lie desired : that is, if the potential range in a full angle be given, and thence the actual range ktsaught; this may be solved with the fame fa- city by the same table : for if the given potential e be divided by its ...

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The skills that we have are the actual magic skills - not the performing skills. We have to separate those. But the actual skills that make the tricks work, we don't get to use again. (Penn Jillette)
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