|1.||[ adjective ] presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible|
"the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different" "actual and imagined conditions"
|Related terms:||potential very effective actualised actualized actuality|
|2.||[ adjective ] taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated|
"we saw the actual wedding on television" "filmed the actual beating"
|3.||[ adjective ] being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something|
|Synonyms:||literal genuine real|
"her actual motive" "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton "a genuine dilemma"
|4.||[ adjective ] of the nature of fact; having actual existence|
"rocks and trees...the actual world" "actual heroism" "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
|5.||[ adjective ] (law) existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not|
"de facto segregation is as real as segration imposed by law" "a de facto state of war"
|6.||[ adjective ] being or existing at the present moment|
"the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"