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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web Compressing Joyce Carol Oates’ long novel down to two hours and 45 minutes, Dominik maintains strict, even suffocating visual and rhythmic control of this fictional/factual Marilyn tragedy. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 In the twin filings this weekend, both sides agree that the issues do not involve any factual disputes that would require a jury. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 Also reporting into Hamilton is Scott Boyd, who has been promoted to VP, development, unscripted, and will oversee factual, true crime, and docu-series content. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Sep. 2022 Last year, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the attorney general for the District of Columbia over Amazon’s pricing system, ruling that the lawsuit lacked enough factual details to be plausible. David Ingram, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2022 Not publishing a factual report on the situation would have gravely undermined the authority of the High Commissioner’s office in the eyes of the general public, and within the U.N. system itself. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2022 People were in a scanner reading short factual sentences on a screen. Tim Vernimmen, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2022 But Morgan has said that his goal wasn’t factual accuracy so much as deeper truths. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2022 This year alone, black goo—the science-fictional name for the science-factual graphene oxide—has seeped its way into not one but two sci-fi shows, Severance and Westworld. WIRED, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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23 Sep 2022

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“Factual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for factual

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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