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actual

ac·tu·al

actual

 
 
pronunciation:
aek chu l
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: truly existing or happening, not just potentially or in the imagination.
That's what he told the police, but the actual events happened quite differently.This was just a drill, but in an actual emergency, the students would be sent home.
synonyms:
real, true
antonyms:
hypothetical, ideal, imaginary, notional, potential, virtual
similar words:
concrete, literal, objective, substantial, tangible, veritable
definition 2: existing or happening at the present moment.
What is your actual position, sergeant?This is being filmed under actual conditions.
synonyms:
current, existent, existing, extant, present
similar words:
prevailing, very
definition 3: verified as a fact or as being the real thing.
The actual reason for his being late is that he overslept.This is an actual tooth of a dinosaur.
synonyms:
authentic, genuine, real, true
antonyms:
apparent, nominal, ostensible, seeming, so-called
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derivation: actualness (n.)
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