What is the meaning of actual?


  • Presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible.
    • usage: "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions"
  • Taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated.
    • usage: "we saw the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual beating"
  • Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.
    • usage: "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert- G. K. Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"
  • Existing in act or fact.
    • usage: "rocks and trees... The actual world"; "actual heroism"; "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
  • Being or existing at the present moment.
    • usage: "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
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