ac·​tu·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌak-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce actuality (audio) , ˌak-shə- \
plural actualities

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

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Examples of actuality in a Sentence

The actuality was quite different from the theory. the actuality of the Abominable Snowman is not taken seriously by scientists
Recent Examples on the Web Listed at 6-5 and 242 pounds with impressive athletic ability, Bryant has the appearance of a mobile tight end but, in actuality, shows a willingness to throw his weight around as a blocker. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Dallas Cowboys restock defense early in full 2020 NFL mock draft," 3 Feb. 2020 In actuality, dollars and bullets proved inseparable: The supremacy of the dollar sustained America’s imperial adventures, while the military was often deployed to protect dollar supremacy. David Adler, The New Republic, "To End Forever War, End the Dollar’s Global Dominance," 28 Jan. 2020 While Nussmeier has the title of QB coach, McCarthy is extremely hands-on in the development of his QBs so in actuality, Nussmeier won’t have to pressure to develop Prescott by himself. John Owning, Dallas News, "Grading Mike McCarthy’s offensive staff: Why keeping Kellen Moore as OC is a win-win for Cowboys," 20 Jan. 2020 In actuality, Mitch's skater had an eating disorder that landed her in rehab and his wife was cheating on him with a plumber. Shannon Carlin,, "Mitch From Spinning Out Is Not Who You Think He Is," 3 Jan. 2020 There are numerous instances where ADOC incident reports classified deaths as due to ‘natural’ causes when, in actuality, the deaths were likely caused by prisoner-on-prisoner violence. William Thornton |, al, "How many inmates died in Alabama’s prisons in 2019?," 28 Dec. 2019 In actuality, tolerance is being able to withstand something while acceptance is opening your heart to it. Emy Rodriguez Flores, Redbook, "How to Explain LGBTQ Issues To Your Child," 13 Dec. 2019 In actuality, they're created by airplanes flying through the altocumulus cloud layer. Fox News, "UFOs? Gardener takes stunning cloud pics that look like flying saucers," 29 Oct. 2019 In actuality, authorities said, Hamilton was communicating with an undercover detective. Carol Robinson |, al, "49-year-old man gets 10 years in federal prison for trying to entice a teen girl," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of actuality

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for actuality

Middle English actualite "capacity for action, effective power," borrowed from Medieval Latin āctuālitāt-, āctuālitās, from Late Latin āctuālis actual + Latin -itāt-, -itās -ity

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The first known use of actuality was in 1587

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19 Feb 2020

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“Actuality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of actuality

: the quality or state of being actual or real
: something that is actual or real

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