1. [ adjective ] presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
Synonyms: existent

"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"

Related terms: real
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"

Related terms: true
4. [ adjective ] of the nature of fact; having actual existence
Synonyms: factual

"rocks and trees...the actual world" "actual heroism" "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"

Related terms: real
5. [ adjective ] (law) existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not
Synonyms: factual de_facto

"de facto segregation is as real as segration imposed by law" "a de facto state of war"

Related terms: de_jure
6. [ adjective ] being or existing at the present moment

"the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"

Related terms: current
Similar spelling:   actually