factual

adjective

fac·​tu·​al ˈfak-chə-wəl How to pronounce factual (audio)
-chəl,
-chü-əl,
ˈfaksh-wəl
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.
factuality noun
factually
ˈfak-chə-wə-lē How to pronounce factual (audio)
-chə-lē
-chü(-ə)-lē
ˈfaksh-wə-
adverb
factualness noun

Example Sentences

That statement is not factual. a report filled with factual errors the factual aspects of the case
Recent Examples on the Web McQuillan has a long track record of developing science, history and specialist factual programming. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 18 Jan. 2023 The veteran meteorologist has been cited as a leading national source of factual communication on climate change by the American Meteorological Society. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 13 Jan. 2023 By using the format of a drama to tell a factual story, Diop is able to arrive at an even more poignant version of the truth. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Even ChatGPT’s flaws — such as the fact that its answers to factual questions are often wrong — can become fodder for a critical thinking exercise. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2023 End factual statements on a firm down note instead of letting your voice bounce up into a query. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023 Historical events, for example, are often the subject of much debate among scholars with some factual strands that are peppered with interpretation. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 To provide factual support for rejecting certain troublesome electors. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 Sometimes the entry would be terse and factual, offering no more than a place of origin and an estimate of the number of dead. Jonathan Freedland, Time, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

fact + -ual (in actual)

First Known Use

circa 1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of factual was circa 1832

Dictionary Entries Near factual

Cite this Entry

“Factual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

factual

adjective
fac·​tu·​al ˈfak-chə(-wə)l How to pronounce factual (audio)
ˈfaksh-wəl
1
: of or relating to facts
a factual error
2
: restricted to or based on fact
a factual statement
factuality noun
factually
ˈfak-chə(-wə)-lē How to pronounce factual (audio)
ˈfaksh-wə-lē
adverb
factualness noun

Legal Definition

factual

adjective
fac·​tu·​al ˈfak-chə-wəl How to pronounce factual (audio)
1
: of or relating to facts
factual issues
2
: restricted to or based on fact
factuality noun
factually adverb
factualness noun

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