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

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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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Actuality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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