ac·​tu·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌak-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē, 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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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 In actuality, though, the chain only produced 100 kits, making the drumstick a clever rarity. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "KFC's most outrageous marketing stunts," 4 Apr. 2018 In a typical scenario, these artificial artificial intelligence companies are in actuality doing basic data analysis. Arif Janmohamed, Fortune, "Most ‘AI’ Companies Are Not AI Companies. Here’s How to Tell," 3 July 2018 The result was something new, even if, in actuality, Wright’s freedom to invent a total work of art tended to limit his clients’ freedom to arrange rooms and furnishings to their liking. Blair Kamin,, "For July 4th, four architectural freedoms," 2 July 2018 In actuality, a great number of conservatives care deeply about the natural world and welcome the role of stewardship of the land. Noelle Swan, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Monitor’s collaboration with the Energy Foundation," 29 June 2018 The tweet was, in actuality, a masterpiece of crass passive-aggressiveness. Michael Hiltzik,, "The Red Hen Affair: Demands for 'civility' are almost always aimed at shutting down free speech," 25 June 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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