factual

adjective
fac·​tu·​al | \ ˈfak-chə-wəl How to pronounce factual (audio) , -chəl, -chü-əl, ˈfaksh-wəl \

Definition of factual

1 : of or relating to facts a factual error the factual aspects of the case
2 : restricted to or based on fact a factual statement She tried to separate what is factual from what is not.

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Other Words from factual

factuality \ ˌfak-​chə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce factual (audio) \ noun
factually \ ˈfak-​chə-​wə-​lē How to pronounce factual (audio) , -​chə-​lē , -​chü(-​ə)-​lē , ˈfaksh-​wə-​ \ adverb
factualness noun

Examples of factual in a Sentence

That statement is not factual. a report filled with factual errors the factual aspects of the case
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Recent Examples on the Web The Journal has defended the series, saying Facebook hasn’t identified any factual errors. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Alabama’s libel law did not require Sullivan to prove harm since the ad did contain factual errors. CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Accompanying the dissemination of untruths are the constant undermining and defunding of those who do, in fact, buttress factual information, such as universities, scientists and journalists. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 The file contains the supporting documentation for every factual assertion in a court application, as well as the result of government database searches and information about informants used in the case. Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2021 The Journal has defended its reporting, saying Facebook hasn’t cited a single factual error and was given ample opportunity to comment before publication. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Olaf Scholz, who led the Social Democrats to a narrow victory, successfully adopted Merkel’s calm, factual style during his campaign. Frank Jordans, ajc, 29 Sep. 2021 That might be — at once — training camp coach speak and still factual because there was zero precedent for the 2021-22 Mavericks’ practice demeanor before Tuesday. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 Baldwin’s depiction here had always seemed to me objective, beyond dispute, as factual as the scenery. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of factual

circa 1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for factual

fact + -ual (in actual)

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The first known use of factual was circa 1832

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“Factual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for factual

factual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of factual

: limited to, involving, or based on facts
: of or relating to facts

factual

adjective
fac·​tu·​al | \ ˈfak-chə-wəl How to pronounce factual (audio) \

Kids Definition of factual

: relating to or based on facts a factual report

Other Words from factual

factually adverb

factual

adjective
fac·​tu·​al | \ ˈfak-chə-wəl How to pronounce factual (audio) \

Legal Definition of factual

1 : of or relating to facts factual issues
2 : restricted to or based on fact

Other Words from factual

factuality \ ˌfak-​chə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce factual (audio) \ noun
factually adverb
factualness noun

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