presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
"the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions"
taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated
"we saw the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual beating"
actual, genuine, literal, real(adj)
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"
existing in act or fact
"rocks and trees...the actual world"; "actual heroism"; "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced"
being or existing at the present moment
"the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"
actual(adjective)Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact
actual(adjective)Factual, real, not just apparent or even false
actual(adjective)In action at the time being; now existing.
actual(adjective)Active, not passive
actual(adjective)Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
real, veritable, true, substantial, determinate, decided, categorical, positive, absolute, certain, genuine, very, not ideal, not imagined, not imaginary, not supposed or fancied, not fictitious, that exists in fact, DE FACTO, BONA FIDE
Translations for actual
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- فعلي, واقعي, حاضر, حقيقي, راهنArabic
- реален, актуален, сегашен, действителенBulgarian
- realCatalan, Valencian
- tatsächlich, konkret, aktuell, gegenwärtigGerman
- efectivo, verdadero, existente, real, actualSpanish
- suoranainen, todellinen, tämänhetkinen, tosiasiallinen, nykyinenFinnish
- réel, effectifFrench
- cinnteachScottish Gaelic
- tényleges, valóságos, jelenlegi, valódi, fennálló, aktuális, igaziHungarian
- real, actual, ver, effective, existenteInterlingua
- reale, effettivo, esistenteItalian
- 実際, 現実Japanese
- ფაქტობრივი, ნამდვილი, მიმდინარეGeorgian
- feitelijk, actueel, effectief, werkelijk, reëel, echt, eigenlijk, daadwerkelijk, huidigDutch
- faktisk, virkelig, reellNorwegian
- właściwy, prawdziwyPolish
- real, efetivo, atualPortuguese
- подлинный, действительный, истинный, реальный, текущий, настоящий, нынешний, фактическийRussian
- befintlig, reell, verklig, aktuell, faktisk, rådandeSwedish
- thật sự, có thật, hiện thời, thực tế, hiện nay, thật, đúng thời, hiện tạiVietnamese
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