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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To balance this, the settlement which must be mutually agreed is without any usable legal factual finding having been made or agreed to. WSJ, "In Defense of SEC Settlement Gag Clauses," 28 Jan. 2019 But that state court didn’t rely on the Commission’s legal conclusions or factual findings. Aziz Huq, Fortune, "What the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Could Mean for Trump’s Travel Ban," 5 June 2018 The Justice Department has provided to the Intelligence Committee the executive summary of a classified report by Mr. Durham laying out his factual findings and legal analysis. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Gina Haspel Likely to Be Confirmed as C.I.A. Chief After Repudiating Torture," 15 May 2018 Stated differently, the apprehension that factual findings may have political consequences should not be a judicial concern. Daniel S. Alter, Time, "The Nunes Memo Attacks the Legitimacy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. It Should Act to Repair the Damage," 6 Feb. 2018 But Arrow had no factual evidence that the government can do better than a private prescriber. Deirdre Mccloskey, WSJ, "‘Adam Smith: Father of Economics’ Review: Obvious, Simple and Wise," 7 Sep. 2018 Of the latter group, only 17 percent classified all five facts as factual statements. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018 Yes, and the predominant percentage believes that that is factual. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 The lie spread rapidly across social media—far faster than factual attempts to debunk it. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation," 21 Nov. 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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