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 In actuality, Steele was hired by Fusion GPS after it had been hired by the Clinton campaign through the Perkins Coie law firm. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "FISA court picks Carter Page reviewer and Democratic impeachment lawyer for advisory gig," 29 Apr. 2021 In actuality, the team’s season ended before the pandemic began. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Report: Kentucky state workers claimed unemployment benefits for themselves," 19 Apr. 2021 Are Trump followers in actuality following Trump or has Trump been simply following, amplifying, and supporting what Trump followers already believed prior to Trump’s running for and becoming President? Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, "Ivanka Trump Posts Covid-19 Vaccination Photo, Here Are Responses From QAnon Followers," 17 Apr. 2021 In actuality, the tweet was most likely part of a remembrance in honor of the show's 10-year anniversary, which premiered on April 17, 2011. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "Game of Thrones Tweeted ‘Winter Is Coming,’ and It’s Sending Fans Into Disarray," 15 Apr. 2021 In actuality, a Mavericks source says the team still greatly values Finney-Smith for the reasons stated above, despite his statistical dips this season after a January bout with COVID-19. Dallas News, "Dorian Finney-Smith keeps proving his value while rumors of Mavs trading for another starter swirl," 23 Mar. 2021 In actuality, though, Paul's home state of Kentucky has had someone who was vaccinated for the coronavirus get hospitalized after they were infected with a COVID-19 variant. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Sen. Rand Paul again clashes with Dr. Anthony Fauci over masks, COVID-19 immunity," 18 Mar. 2021 Among the objects featured is the 1980s DeLorean car, which Sauvignet tells France Bleu was designed to be an extremely fast sports car but, in actuality, proved to be much slower than other models. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Take a Virtual Tour of Failed Designs, From the DeLorean to Google Glass," 2 Mar. 2021 In actuality, Bridgerton's intimacy coordinator, Lizzy Talbot, worked closely with Page and Dynevor. Karen Mizoguchi,, "SNL: Regé-Jean Page Plays Duke of Hastings, Preps Sex Scene with Sketchy Intimacy Coordinators," 21 Feb. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Actuality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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