existing in act or fact; real:
an actual case of heroism; actual expenses.
existing now; present; current:
The ship’s actual position is 22 miles due east of Miami.
Obsolete. pertaining to or involving acts or action.
I mean, I do end up writing, but in a twelve hour writing day, I have about four hours of actual writing.
Bob Balaban: How I Write Noah Charney February 4, 2014
As for Obama, he has treated legislative victory as an end in itself while ignoring the reality of actual implementation.
George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Our Era of Bipartisan Ineptitude Lloyd Green July 6, 2013
For Panetta, the act of using force is seemingly more important than the actual tangible result achieved by using force.
Leon Panetta Is What’s Wrong With D.C. Michael Cohen October 7, 2014
A judge dismissed the case a week later, saying, “Federal court only has authority of actual cases and controversies.”
Queen of the Birthers Max Blumenthal July 29, 2009
For these women, the actual birth usually comes as a shock, as they have suppressed the knowledge that they are pregnant.
France’s Twisted Baby Massacre Constantino Diaz-Duran, Eric Pape July 29, 2010
The law has nothing to do with the actual state of the parties’ minds.
The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
He waited an eternity; in actual time it was exactly ten minutes.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
The actual decrease may be found by means of a spring balance.
Ontario Teachers’ Manuals: Nature Study Ontario Ministry of Education
There has not yet been much opportunity to test the airship in actual warfare.
Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
I mention these extremes only to show the range of their actual influence.
Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
existing in reality or as a matter of fact
real or genuine
existing at the present time; current
(usually preceded by your) (Brit, informal, often facetious) (intensifier): that music’s by your actual Mozart, isn’t it?
early 14c., “pertaining to an action,” from Old French actuel “now existing, up to date” (13c.), from Late Latin actualis “active, pertaining to action,” adjectival form of Latin actus (see act (n.)). The broader sense of “real, existing” (as opposed to potential, ideal, etc.) is from late 14c.
- Actual bodily harm
noun (criminal law) injury caused by one person to another that interferes with the health or comfort of the victim ABH
- Actual cautery
actual cautery actual cautery ac·tu·al cautery (āk’chōō-əl) n. An agent or process, such as electrocautery or a hot iron, that cauterizes tissue using heat and not a chemical means. Historical Examples The actual cautery is an old method, but we shall not describe it, as we consider that we have better methods now. Special Report […]
- Actual cost
the cost of a product based on incurred costs of material and labor required in its production. Historical Examples No allusion has been made in the Introduction to the pay of officers, nor to the actual cost of the keep of troopers. Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle Fourthly, its actual cost could be more accurately foretold. […]
- Actual sin
any sin committed by an individual of his or her free will, as contrasted with original sin. Historical Examples Understand this, and you will understand what original and actual sin is, and what grace and duty are. A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4) Richard Baxter It says that of original sin: but it is […]