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 factual (audio) \ noun
factually \ ˈfak-​chə-​wə-​lē How to pronounce factual (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 Your sources have supplied you with information that has no factual basis, as evidenced by the lack of supporting documentation for many of the claims. Washington Post, 18 July 2021 Their sources have supplied them with information which has no factual basis, as evident by the lack of supporting documentation for many of their claims. New York Times, 18 July 2021 When asked about the factual inaccuracies presented to the students, Reinhardt declined to comment. Doha Madani, NBC News, 12 May 2021 Advice varied on other key points and appeared to lack a factual basis. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, 25 June 2021 Stories collected by Stowe’s brothers and others close to her, as well as some sensational accounts in the news, formed much of the factual basis for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 14 June 2021 But this is a case in which the political momentousness far exceeds its legal or factual difficulty. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2021 The activation of the group mind—in which factual knowledge, skilled expertise, and mental effort are distributed across multiple individuals—is the only adequate response to these developments. Annie Murphy Paul, Wired, 15 June 2021 Clever use of graphics and condensing factual material into more digestible forms is key to this exercise. Christine Wetzler, Forbes, 14 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for factual

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 factual (audio) \ noun
factually adverb
factualness noun

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