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Dictionary definition for: Actual

1. (a) presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different" "actual and imagined conditions"

2. (s) taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; "we saw the actual wedding on television" "filmed the actual beating"

3. (s) 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"

4. (s) 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"

5. (a) 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"

6. (s) being or existing at the present moment; "the ship''s actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"

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