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

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But in actuality, McCracken's life and career, which were cut tragically short by a fatal heart attack, are a fascinating drama all their own. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Joan McCracken Was More than Bob Fosse's Second Wife," 17 Apr. 2019 In actuality, this info about wizards and witches magically disposing of their bodily waste has been around for a few years. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Pottermore Reminded "Harry Potter" Fans That Wizards Would Get Rid of Poop Using Magic," 4 Jan. 2019 In actuality, a significant amount of Trump voters were affluent — and the vast majority of Trump voters were not working class at all. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 Solar wind is in actuality plasma flowing from the sun, and the heliopause is the last segment of a bubble encompassing the entire solar system known as the heliosphere. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space," 10 Dec. 2018 In actuality, most feminists consider men also at a disservice because of the inequality between men and women. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 In actuality, the day, while exciting, was a rather contentious event for many. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Charles and Camilla’s Wedding Involved Way More Drama Than Most People Realize," 18 July 2018 In all actuality, there were few who expected this be a close game, much less for St. Paul's to have a legitimate chance to win. Jim Derry,, "Jay Curtis' 6th-inning blast leads John Curtis past St. Paul's, 2-1, in Division I state title game," 13 May 2018 But in all actuality, could the rogue military-state really have orchestrated such an effort? Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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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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