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 Mueller rebuffed that claim, saying the conviction of Stone was based solely on factual information and evidence. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "White House hits back at Mueller for 'pontificating in the editorial pages' about Roger Stone commutation," 12 July 2020 To be late to the party is one thing, and to be wrong on the factual information is another. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Bubba Wallace asked how he feels to have Donald Trump ‘come after you’," 8 July 2020 Is actual factual Carrey worried about corporate retribution? Darren Franich, EW.com, "Jim Carrey talks Memoirs and Misinformation, his novel about Jim Carrey," 7 July 2020 There’s a long, long trail a-winding…but most of it has no factual connection with the legendary merchant route it’s named for. ExpressNews.com, "Marker at historic San Antonio hotel commemorates romance of cattle trail, if not the real thing," 4 July 2020 For the court’s four liberal justices, that precedent – along with factual details about the regulation determined by a federal district court in the Pelican state – was enough to rule that Act 620 is also unconstitutional. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "Principle over politics? Why Chief Justice Roberts upheld abortion rights.," 30 June 2020 In theory, resolving factual disputes should be relatively easy: Just present strong evidence, or evidence of a strong expert consensus. Adrian Bardon, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview," 26 June 2020 More than 300 factual explanations and predictions (with endnotes) are baked into the story, and the research for it ranged from assembling the latest job automation reports to interviews with AI scientists and water-system cybersecurity experts. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 Our ancestors evolved in small groups, where cooperation and persuasion had at least as much to do with reproductive success as holding accurate factual beliefs about the world. Adrian Bardon, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview," 26 June 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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5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Factual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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