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 factuality (audio) \ noun
factually \ ˈfak-​chə-​wə-​lē How to pronounce factually (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

In February, National Beverage filed a motion arguing the plaintiffs lacked sufficient factual and legal support for their allegations. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "LaCroix Fights Sales Drop as Rivals Bubble Up," 26 June 2019 However, there are elements of this 20th-century series that are factual now, in the 21st century, for better or worse. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” a classic anime now on Netflix, tells the story of our lives," 23 June 2019 Around that time, Brockhouse began insinuating the police report was a fake, pointing to factual inaccuracies such as its description of his height and eye color. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "Annalisa Brockhouse says she called police on her husband in 2009 even though he never harmed her," 19 June 2019 Question: What factual evidence exists that Farhan Zaidi has made any move since joining the Giants that is a significant plus? Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants mailbag: Why D-Rod is in long relief, when we may see Bart & Ramos," 14 June 2019 Meanwhile, the White House website and Twitter feed are speckled with spelling and factual errors. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "The White House does not need to hire another person to lie for the president," 14 June 2019 Posts are frequently incoherent or contain non sequiturs, and the bots make obvious factual errors. James Vincent, The Verge, "There’s a subreddit populated entirely by AI personifications of other subreddits," 6 June 2019 The Monitor promptly corrects factual errors and welcomes comments and information that may call for correction. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Ambassador Szemerkényi claims that my piece contains factual errors, but then fails to identify any. Paul Lendvai, The New York Review of Books, "Jan-Werner Müller," 5 Apr. 2018

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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

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 factuality (audio) \ noun
factually adverb
factualness noun

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