ac·tu·al /ˈækʧ(əw)əl, ʃ(əw)əl/
1. Involving or comprising action; active. [Obs.]
Her walking and other actual performances. --Shak.
Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to God. --Jer. Taylor.
2. Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; -- opposed to potential, possible, virtual, speculative, conceivable, theoretical, or nominal; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion.
3. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country.
Actual cautery. See under Cautery.
Actual sin Theol., that kind of sin which is done by ourselves in contradistinction to “original sin.”
Syn: -- Real; genuine; positive; certain. See Real.
Ac·tu·al n. Finance Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts. [Cant]
The accounts of revenues supplied . . . were not real receipts: not, in financial language, =\“actuals,” but only Egyptian budget estimates.\= --Fortnightly Review.
adj 1: presently existing in fact and not merely potential or
possible; "the predicted temperature and the actual
temperature were markedly different"; "actual and
imagined conditions" [syn: existent] [ant: potential]
2: taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; "we saw
the actual wedding on television"; "filmed the actual
3: 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" [syn: genuine,
4: 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" [syn: factual]
5: 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" [syn: de facto, factual]
[ant: de jure]
6: being or existing at the present moment; "the ship's actual
position is 22 miles due south of Key West"