Definition of actual


  • presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different", "actual and imagined conditions". Synonyms: existent. Antonyms: potential.
  • taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; "we saw the actual wedding on television", "filmed the actual beating".
  • being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; ; - G.K.Chesterton; "her actual motive", "a literal solitude like a desert", "a genuine dilemma". Synonyms: genuine, literal, real.
  • existing in act or fact; "rocks and trees...the actual world", "actual heroism", "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced". Synonyms: factual.
  • being or existing at the present moment; "the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West".

Words nearby actual

factual, tactual.

Start with actual

actualize, actuality, actualities, actually, actualizes, actualized, actualizing, actualization, actualizations.

End with actual

nonfactual, counterfactual, contractual, tactual, noncontractual, artifactual, factual.

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • actual is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 8 points
  • actual is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 8 points
  • actual is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 11 points
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