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ADJECTIVE (5)

1. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible;
- Example: "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"
- Example: "actual and imagined conditions"
[syn: actual, existent]

2. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated;
- Example: "we saw the actual wedding on television"
- Example: "filmed the actual beating"

3. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something;
- Example: "her actual motive"
- Example: "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton
- Example: "a genuine dilemma"
[syn: actual, genuine, literal, real]

4. existing in act or fact;
- Example: "rocks and trees...the actual world"
- Example: "actual heroism"
- Example: "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
[syn: actual, factual]

5. being or existing at the present moment;
- Example: "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Actual \Ac"tu*al\, n. (Finance) Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts. [Cant] [1913 Webster] The accounts of revenues supplied . . . were not real receipts: not, in financial language, "actuals," but only Egyptian budget estimates. --Fortnightly Review. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Actual \Ac"tu*al\ (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.] 1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Her walking and other actual performances. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to God. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country. [1913 Webster] Actual cautery. See under Cautery. Actual sin (Theol.), that kind of sin which is done by ourselves in contradistinction to "original sin." [1913 Webster] Syn: Real; genuine; positive; certain. See Real. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

actual adj 1: presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions" [syn: actual, existent] [ant: possible, potential] 2: taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; "we saw the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual beating" 3: 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" [syn: actual, genuine, literal, real] 4: existing in act or fact; "rocks and trees...the actual world"; "actual heroism"; "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced" [syn: actual, factual] 5: being or existing at the present moment; "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

110 Moby Thesaurus words for "actual": absolute, admitting no question, as is, ascertained, attested, authentic, authenticated, being, bona fide, categorically true, certain, certified, commonplace, concrete, confirmable, confirmed, contemporaneous, contemporary, corroborated, current, de facto, demonstrable, demonstratable, demonstrated, determined, documentary, effectual, established, everyday, existent, existing, extant, factual, for real, fresh, genuine, hard, historical, honest-to-God, immanent, immediate, inappealable, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, instant, irrefragable, irrefutable, latest, legitimate, manifest, material, modern, new, not in error, objective, objectively true, ordinary, phenomenal, physical, positive, present, present-age, present-day, present-time, provable, proved, real, realistic, realized, routine, running, self-evident, solid, substantial, substantiated, sure-enough, tangible, testable, that be, that is, topical, true, true as gospel, true to life, truthful, unanswerable, unconfutable, unconfuted, undeniable, undenied, undoubted, unerroneous, unfallacious, unfalse, unimpeachable, unmistaken, unquestionable, unrefutable, unrefuted, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, usual, validated, veracious, veridical, verifiable, verified, veritable
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ACTUAL. Real; actual. 2. Actual notice. One which has been expressly given by which knowledge of a fact has been brought home to a party directly ; it is opposed to constructive notice. 3. Actual admissions. Those which are expressly made; they are plenary or partial. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4405. 4. An actual escape takes place when a prisoner in fact gets out of prison, and unlawfully regains his liberty. Vide Escape.