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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.


  1. "Actual" is a musical album of Ionic Vision.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  2. "Actual" is a musical album of Jeff Mills.
    • 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 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 previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

EXPERIENCED MORBIDITY: The actual morbidity experience of a health insurance company. See Morbidity. EXPERIENCED MORTALITY: The actual mortality experience of a health insurance company. See Mortality. EXPERIENCE ...

Google previewLogic and Lexicon (2013)

The Semantics of the Indefinite by Manfred Pinkal

The second example involves the ambiguity between the actual and dispositional readings of the degree adjective fast. When we speak of a fast car, for example, and we mean a Porsche 928 that passes on the highway at 180 km/h, we do not ...

Google previewThe HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism (1995)

by Richard P. McBrien

actual grace. See grace, actual. actual sin, ...

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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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Scrabble value of A1C3T1U1A1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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