factual

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.

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Other Words from factual

factuality \ˌfak-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē \ noun
factually \ˈfak-chə-wə-lē, -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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What Trump should do is provide factual evidence of what Comey got wrong in the book. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The fundamental fail of Trump's 'slime ball' attack on James Comey," 13 Apr. 2018 Dialogue and debate with a healthy dose of factual evidence is the path to the truth. Anchorage Daily News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, January 30, 2018," 30 Jan. 2018 Those are opinions that might be altered by showing compelling factual evidence. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "If You Are Married to a Trump Supporter, Divorce Them," 11 Aug. 2017 Is this a frivolous lawsuit, or are these fellow Floridians factual in finding fault with fromage? Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Is this cheesy McDonald's lawsuit frivolous, or have we all been paying too much for our burgers?," 3 July 2018 Wag the Dog Myths like the Deep State can flourish because the public’s sense of what might be factual or true has been so pervasively and deliberately undermined in the past two years. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: The Prescient Political Films of 1998," 27 June 2018 Students could make factual errors, or make things up. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "Save the SAT Writing Test," 8 July 2018 Recent allegations by some that the natural gas industry is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack are unsubstantiated and not based on any factual evidence. Don Santa, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Administration’s action on coal, nuclear solves a problem that doesn’t exist," 5 July 2018 In a factual statement accompanying his guilty plea last October, Sheldon admitted to trafficking nearly $500,000 worth of eels and to taking steps to evade the police. National Geographic, "19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists," 27 June 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 \

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 \

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 \ noun
factually adverb
factualness noun

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