factual

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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.

factuality

play \ˌfak-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

factually

play \ˈfak-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē, -chü(-ə)-lē, ˈfaksh-wə-\ adverb

factualness

noun

Examples of factual in a Sentence

  1. That statement is not factual.

  2. a report filled with factual errors

  3. the factual aspects of the case

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Origin and Etymology of factual

fact + -ual (as in actual)


FACTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

factual

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adjective

Definition of factual for English Language Learners

  • : limited to, involving, or based on facts

  • : of or relating to facts


FACTUAL Defined for Kids

factual

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adjective fac·tu·al \ ˈfak-chə-wəl \

Definition of factual for Students

:relating to or based on facts
  • a factual report

factually

adverb

Law Dictionary

factual

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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

factuality

play \ˌfak-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

factually

adverb

factualness

noun


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