from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Existing and not merely potential or possible. See Synonyms at real1.
- adj. Being, existing, or acting at the present moment; current.
- adj. Based on fact: an actual account of the accident.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact
- adj. Factual, real, not just apparent or even false
- adj. In action at the time being; now existing.
- adj. Active, not passive
- adj. Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical.
- n. An actual, real one; notably:
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Involving or comprising action; active.
- adj. Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; -- opposed to
potential, possible, virtual, speculative, conceivable, theoretical, or nominal
- adj. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country.
- n. Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Active; practical.
- In full existence; real; denoting that which not merely can be, but is: opposed to potential, apparent, constructive, and imaginary.
- Now existing; present: opposed to past and future: as, in the actual condition of affairs.
- An individual as containing in it species, or a species as containing in it genera; a metaphysical or formal whole. So actual parts.
- Synonyms Actual, Positive, etc. (see real), veritable, genuine, certain, absolute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. existing in act or fact
- adj. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
- adj. taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated
- adj. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
- adj. being or existing at the present moment
Middle English, from Old French, active, from Late Latin āctuālis, from Latin āctus, past participle of agere, to drive, do.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English actual, actuel ("active"), from Old French actuel, actual, from Late Latin actualis ("active, practical"), from Latin actus ("act, action, performance"),, from agere ("to do; to act") + -alis ("-al"). (Wiktionary)