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English[]

Etymology[]

Middle English actual, actuel (active) < Old French actuel, actual < Late Latin actualis (active, practical) < Latin actus (act, action, performance), < agere (to do; to act)) + -alis '-al'.

Pronunciation[]

  • (WEAE) IPA: /ˈæk.ʧu.əl/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈækʧju.əl/, ˈækʧʊ.əl/
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Adjective[]

Actual (not comparable)

Positive
Actual

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact
    the actual cost of goods
    the actual case under discussion
  2. Factual, real, not just apparent or even false
    The actual government expenses dramatically excede the budget
  3. In action at the time being; now existing.
    The actual situation of the world economy is worse then anyone expected a year ago
  4. (obsolete) Active, not passive
  5. Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.

Usage notes[]

  • In some foreign languages the counterpart of actual also means “modern”. This meaning occurs mainly in English written by allophones, but is nonstandard English.
  • The phrase in actual fact is criticised by many as redundant.[1]

Synonyms[]

  • (existing in act or reality): real
  • (in action at the time being): present
  • positive

Antonyms[]

  • (existing in act or reality): potential, possible, virtual, speculative, conceivable, theoretical, nominal, hypothetical, estimated
  • (in action at the time being): future, past

Derived terms[]

Related terms[]

Translations[]

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

See also[]

  • certain
  • genuine

Noun[]

Singular
Actual

Plural
{{{1}}}

Actual ({{{1}}})

  1. An actual, real one; notably:
    1. (finance) Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones.
    2. Template: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.
    "Bravo Six Actual, Snakebite leader" (The person with the callsign "Snakebite leader" requests to speak to the commander of company Bravo and not the radio operator.)

References[]

  1. Template:R:She Literally Exploded, page 3

External links[]

Anagrams[]

  • aacltu,
  • acault

Catalan[]

Adjective[]

Actual (epicene, plural Actuals)

  1. present, current
  2. factual

Related terms[]

  • actualment
  • actualitat
  • actualitzar

Galician[]

Adverb[]

Template:Gl-adj

  1. current, present
  2. factual, real, actual

Derived terms[]


Interlingua[]

Adjective[]

Actual

  1. present, current
  2. factual
  3. Template:Philosophy actual, [[real]

Related terms[]


Spanish[]

Adjective[]

Actual m. and f. (plural actuales)

  1. present, current
  2. factual
  3. Template:Philosophy actual, real

Usage notes[]

  • actual is a false friend, and does not mean the same as English word actual (real; non-imaginary). Spanish equivalents are shown above, in the “Translations” section of the English entry actual.

Related terms[]

See also[]

  • Appendix:Spanish false cognates with English

ar:actual et:actual es:actual fa:actual fr:actual ko:actual io:actual id:actual it:actual kn:actual ku:actual lt:actual hu:actual ml:actual nl:actual ja:actual pl:actual pt:actual ru:actual simple:actual fi:actual sv:actual ta:actual te:actual tr:actual vi:actual zh:actual

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