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Meaning of ACTUAL

Pronunciation:  'akchooul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions"
  2. [adj]  being or existing at the present moment; "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
  3. [adj]  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. [adj]  taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; "we saw the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual beating"
  5. [adj]  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. [adj]  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"
 Synonyms: actualised, actualized, current, de facto, effective, existent, factual, genuine, literal, real, true, very(a)
 Antonyms: de jure, possible, potential



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ac"tu*al\ (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L.
    actualis, fr. agere to do, act.]
    1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.]
             Her walking and other actual performances. --Shak.
             Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is
             . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to
             God.                                  --Jer. Taylor.
    2. 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.
    3. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the
       actual situation of the country.
    {Actual cautery}. See under {Cautery}.
    {Actual sin} (Theol.), that kind of sin which is done by
       ourselves in contradistinction to ``original sin.''
    Syn: Real; genuine; positive; certain. See {Real}.
  2. \Ac"tu*al\, n. (Finance)
    Something actually received; real, as distinct from
    estimated, receipts. [Cant]
          The accounts of revenues supplied . . . were not real
          receipts: not, in financial language, ``actuals,'' but
          only Egyptian budget estimates.          --Fortnightly
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