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Synonyms for actual
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  1. actualadjective


  2. actualadjective

    Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact

    positive, real, present

    virtual, theoretical, nominal, potential, conceivable, estimated, speculative, possible, hypothetical

  3. actualadjective

    Factual, real, not just apparent or even false

    The actual government expenses dramatically excede the budget

    present, positive, real

  4. actualadjective

    In action at the time being; now existing.

    The actual situation of the world economy is worse then anyone expected a year ago

    present, real, positive

    past, future

  5. actualadjective

    Active, not passive

    real, present, positive

  6. actualadjective

    Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.

    present, positive, real

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. actual

    Real (Latin res, a thing) signifies having existence, not merely in thought, but in fact, or being in fact according to appearance or claim; denoting the thing as distinguished from the name, or the existent as opposed to the non-existent. Actual has respect to a thing accomplished by doing, real to a thing as existing by whatever means or from whatever cause, positive to that which is fixed or established, developed to that which has reached completion by a natural process of unfolding. Actual is in opposition to the supposed, conceived, or reported, and furnishes the proof of its existence in itself; real is opposed to feigned or imaginary, and is capable of demonstration; positive, to the uncertain or doubtful; developed, to that which is undeveloped or incomplete. The developed is susceptible of proof; the positive precludes the necessity for proof. The present condition of a thing is its actual condition; ills are real that have a substantial reason; proofs are positive when they give the mind certainty; a plant is developed when it has reached its completed stage. Real estate is land, together with trees, water, minerals, or other natural accompaniments, and any permanent structures that man has built upon it. Compare AUTHENTIC.

    authentic, certain, demonstrable, developed, essential, genuine, positive, real, substantial, true, unquestionable, veritable

    conceived, fabulous, fanciful, feigned, fictitious, hypothetical, illusory, imaginary, reported, supposed, supposititious, theoretical, unreal, untrue, visionary

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. actual

    developed, positive, unquestionable, demonstrable, certain, real, authentic

    potential, undeveloped, hypothetical, supposition, possible, virtual, theoretical, fabulous, fictitious, unreal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. actual, existentadjective

    presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible

    "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions"

    existing, literal, genuine, existent, real, factual

    noncurrent, unreal, potential, latent, possible, false

  2. actualadjective

    taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated

    "we saw the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual beating"

    literal, genuine, existent, real, factual

    unreal, latent, noncurrent, potential, possible, false

  3. actual, genuine, literal, realadjective

    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"

    literal, true(a), tangible, material, real, veridical, existent, genuine, factual, unfeigned, echt, substantial, real(a)

    potential, noncurrent, unreal, possible, false, latent

  4. actual, factualadjective

    existing in act or fact

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

    literal, genuine, existent, real, factual

    potential, possible, latent, unreal, noncurrent, false

  5. actualadjective

    being or existing at the present moment

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

    literal, genuine, existent, real, factual

    possible, unreal, noncurrent, false, potential, latent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. actualadjective

    real, veritable

    potential, nominal, hypothetical

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How to use actual in a sentence?

  1. Sean Evans:

    You want your president to be older and experienced in order to get things done, since Marco Rubio looks younger than Marco Rubio actual years might work against Marco Rubio.

  2. Tim Scott:

    I want to talk to the person who wrote the DOJ memo, that came out last night in Washington Post, i want a chance to talk to the actual drafter of the( memo).

  3. Katie Waldman:

    While we do not have official numbers to report at this time, current trends indicate enforcement efforts against single adults entering illegally have been hugely successful, however, the removal of actual family units, or those posing as family units, has been made virtually impossible by congressional inaction -- which will most likely result in record numbers of families arriving illegally in the United States this year.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A mammoth majority of people don’t like solitude because they get nude of their actual nature before their eyes as own lies are clearly viewed in its luminous light.

  5. Salah Shamma:

    We expect about 20 percent of the actual free float in Saudi Arabia may be bought by foreigners over the inclusion period.

Translations for actual

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  • حقيقي, فعلي, واقعي, حاضر, راهنArabic
  • реален, актуален, сегашен, действителенBulgarian
  • realCatalan, Valencian
  • skutečnýCzech
  • tatsächlich, konkret, aktuell, gegenwärtigGerman
  • πραγματικόςGreek
  • efectivo, actual, verdadero, existente, realSpanish
  • tämänhetkinen, todellinen, tosiasiallinen, nykyinen, suoranainenFinnish
  • effectif, réelFrench
  • cinnteachScottish Gaelic
  • fennálló, valóságos, aktuális, tényleges, igazi, jelenlegi, valódiHungarian
  • real, ver, actual, effective, existenteInterlingua
  • reale, esistente, effettivoItalian
  • בפועלHebrew
  • 実際, ‎現実Japanese
  • მიმდინარე, ნამდვილი, ფაქტობრივიGeorgian
  • 실제Korean
  • tinanaMāori
  • eigenlijk, echt, effectief, daadwerkelijk, werkelijk, huidig, actueel, reëel, feitelijkDutch
  • virkelig, faktisk, reellNorwegian
  • prawdziwy, właściwyPolish
  • efetivo, real, atualPortuguese
  • подлинный, фактический, настоящий, действительный, текущий, истинный, нынешний, реальныйRussian
  • befintlig, faktisk, aktuell, reell, rådande, verkligSwedish
  • اصلUrdu
  • thực tế, có thật, hiện thời, đúng thời, hiện tại, thật sự, hiện nay, thậtVietnamese

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