Definitions

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

  • adjective Of the nature of fact; real.
  • adjective Of or containing facts.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the nature of fact; consisting of or attentive to facts; real; genuine; scrupulously exact.

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

  • adjective rare of or pertaining to facts.
  • adjective containing only facts (as contrasted with opinions or speculations).

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

  • adjective Of or characterised by or consisting of facts.

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

  • adjective existing in act or fact
  • adjective of or relating to or characterized by facts

Etymologies

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From fact and -al (improperly formed, after analogy of actual).

Examples

  • The students, who wrote the script for the video, according to its description on YouTube, also point out what they describe as a factual inaccuracy in Emanuel's portrayal of the city's charters.

    High Schoolers Attack Rahm On Education Policy

  • The students, who wrote the script for the video, according to its description on YouTube, also point out what they describe as a factual inaccuracy in Emanuel's portrayal of the city's charters.

    High Schoolers Attack Rahm On Education Policy

  • She denigrated the piece as "uninformed speculation," and ridiculed what she characterized as the factual errors in the piece.

    The New York Times Puts Up Its Dukes

  • Furthermore, as Sommers hammers at a variety of what she calls factual errors, she conveniently sidesteps an important assumption undergirding her attacks on liberal feminist scholars, which is that they have an agenda and she doesn't.

    "And Your Little Dog Too!!!" Christina Hoff Sommers Still Wants The Ruby Slippers

  • Furthermore, as Sommers hammers at a variety of what she calls factual errors, she conveniently sidesteps an important assumption undergirding her attacks on liberal feminist scholars, which is that they have an agenda and she doesn't.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • She denigrated the piece as "uninformed speculation," and ridiculed what she characterized as the factual errors in the piece.

    The New York Times Puts Up Its Dukes

  • This leads to a crucial distinction between what I call factual and practical realism.

    David Sloan Wilson: Atheism as a Stealth Religion

  • One paper has what he calls factual inaccuracies and he damns all the anti EU papers with that one example.

    The British Press

  • One paper has what he calls factual inaccuracies and he damns all the anti EU papers with that one example.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • I have an investigative phase, what I call a factual phase, once the investigation has resulted in information, and then a legal phase.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2003

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