factual

adjective
fac·​tu·​al | \ˈfak-chə-wəl, -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 \ noun
factually \ˈfak-​chə-​wə-​lē, -​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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Rubin suggests helping your friend distinguish between factual and incorrect information. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "10 Tips for Supporting a Friend Who's Getting an Abortion," 7 Nov. 2018 The issue here is interpretive rather than factual. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Julia Salazar, the socialist politician accused of lying about her past, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 The state, that that’s a part of this country, was some of the strongest factual ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "If she weren’t hosting ‘Full Frontal,’ Samantha Bee could see herself starting a foundation for refugees," 1 Oct. 2018 Both Palmer and Ship make sound, factual observations about the risk of infection, but many on social media felt their posts went to far in drawing conclusions about Meghan's reproductive choices. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why People Are Jumping to Conclusions About Meghan Markle and Zika Right Now," 13 Sep. 2018 Today is Juneteenth, America’s second (and some say more factual) independence day. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Juneteenth: America's Second Independence Day," 19 June 2018 Emotional, as well as factual, honesty is the sine qua non of a memoir. Melanie Thernstrom, New York Times, "Can Sobriety Be as Interesting as Addiction? A Writer Wonders," 17 Apr. 2018 AGC Studios is looking to develop, produce, finance and sell globally feature films and television shows (scripted, non-scripted and factual), as well as digital and musical content. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Stuart Ford Launches New Production and Sales Outift AGC Studios," 22 Feb. 2018 Later gouaches tend toward the symbolic rather than the factual, with fewer specifics of time and place and crime. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "Human desire and exploitation: Don't miss a powerhouse show at the MCA by Otobong Nkanga," 5 July 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 \

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 \

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 \ noun
factually adverb
factualness noun

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