from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state or fact of being actual; reality. synonym: existence.
  • noun Actual conditions or facts.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being actual, as opposed to potentiality; existence, as opposed to ideality.
  • noun That in which anything is realized.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being actual; reality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of existing; existence
  • noun the quality of being actual or factual; fact
  • noun historical a short early motion picture

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of actually existing objectively


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  • How one feels about this issue, in actuality, is often directly related to how important one things free speech is and how compelling one thinks the interest in not being targeted with hate speech is.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Bruce Bartlett’s Attack on Libertarianism

  • The latter, which in actuality is sex comradeship, I call conjugal affection or friendship.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Note: I use the term actuality in place of realism, since realism is also a literary movement, and I don't want to confuse terms.

    "Nonrealist Fiction"

  • I say, moreover, that, in this naked conception of things, divested of words, there will not be found any notion of what you call the actuality of absolute existence.

    The Third Dialogue

  • Hmmm … Here’s how to define the blog called “Buzzmachine”: a blog that tries to appear “liberal” but in actuality is operated by the right wing so as to manage liberal discourse and keep it within narrow parameters, never cutting too close to the bone.

    Defying definition « BuzzMachine

  • People claim the show is pretty racy, but in actuality the humor is on the same level as your average PG-13 rated comedy.

    Weekly Mishmash: March 7-14 :

  • People claim the show is pretty racy, but in actuality the humor is on the same level as your average PG-13 rated comedy.

    2010 March :

  • Smooth direction and the presence of a young Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier make this a favorite with old movie lovers (where it gets a shocking 7.5 score on IMDB), but in actuality this was a small ordeal to get through.

    Weekly Mishmash: January 25-31 :

  • There's a distinct possibility that when I was YOUNG I was, in actuality, also a MORON.

    Today's Lesson

  • Holding to newer precedents (your stare decisis argument) is in actuality a compounding of past judicial activism.

    Exposing the myth of so-called activist judges « A Progressive on the Prairie


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