actuality


ac·tu·al·i·ty

noun \ˌak-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē, ˌak-shə-\

: the quality or state of being actual or real

: something that is actual or real

plural ac·tu·al·i·ties

Full Definition of ACTUALITY

1
:  the quality or state of being actual
2
:  something that is actual :  fact, reality <possible risks which have been seized upon as actualities — T. S. Eliot>
in actuality
:  in actual fact

Examples of ACTUALITY

  1. The actuality was quite different from the theory.
  2. <the actuality of the Abominable Snowman is not taken seriously by scientists>

First Known Use of ACTUALITY

1618

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