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 First, though, the U-T has an ethical responsibility to correct factual errors — in print, and online. Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The story behind newspaper corrections," 9 Oct. 2020 His fee was $1,000 for a passenger in a tractor-trailer collision and $500 for other vehicles, according to a factual basis that LaBeaud signed in support of his guilty plea to a wire-fraud conspiracy charge. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Killing of staged-accident "slammer" draws a spotlight on "really, really crazy" scheme," 9 Oct. 2020 Agreeing that climate change is factual is tantamount to betting on their investment portfolio to tank. Howie Milstein, Star Tribune, "Getting along in America: Here's what's very human about our divisions," 11 Sep. 2020 In the course of his duties, Jim finds that a powerful essay by a talented writer is riddled with factual errors. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "In ‘Lifespan of a Fact,’ Ryan Ball looks for truth," 8 Sep. 2020 The line is signature Burke: factual, humorous and gently poignant. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Longest-serving Minnesota judge departing the Hennepin County bench," 29 Sep. 2020 Novels would prove popular, as would the Encyclopedia Britannica, which some sailors reported reading in depth, and which would be consulted to settle factual debates. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Even as they desperately fled death, Arctic explorers carried books. This new volume examines what they were reading.," 26 Sep. 2020 There is no factual error or outright lie that Trump could tell on the debate stage Tuesday night that would drive away the loyalists who stand in line to attend his rallies. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: This year’s presidential debates mean more — and less — than ever," 26 Sep. 2020 This isn’t a biopic or historically factual story — although gremlin lore was real among World War II pilots, as Liang discovered during her research. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Roseanne Liang’s Shadow In The Cloud Casts Chloë Grace Moretz In Her Most Unexpected Role Yet," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Factual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for factual

factual

adjective
How to pronounce factual (audio)

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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