- Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact
- Factual, real, not just apparent or even false
- In action at the time being; now existing .
- ( obsolete ) Active, not passive
- Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical .
- An actual, real one; notably:
- ( finance ) Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones .
- ( 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 .
Middle English actual, actuel ( “active” ), from Old French actuel, actual, from Late Latin actualis ( “active, practical” ), from Latin actus ( “act, action, performance” ),, from agere ( “to do; to act” ) + -alis ( “-al” ) .
actual ( not comparable )
actual ( plural: actuals )
Explanation of actual by Wordnet Dictionary
- the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different
- actual and imagined conditions
- rocks and trees...the actual world
- actual heroism
- the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced
- her actual motive
- Actual ( #; 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.
- Actual 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 Review.
Definition of actual by GCIDE Dictionary