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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Gaffe-prone Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden reportedly added another factual blunder to his list Friday. Fox News, "Joe Biden confuses Burlington, Iowa, with Burlington, Vt., in latest gaffe," 17 Aug. 2019 Netflix followed this factual account of Bundy’s crimes with a film about the case called Extremely Wicked and Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Efron. Xanthe Mallett, Quartz, "‘True crime’ entertainment disrespects victims and their families—and it needs to stop," 17 Aug. 2019 That’s what makes the Bruce Lee scenes so disappointing, not so much on a factual basis, but as a lapse of cultural awareness. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out Quentin Tarantino’s 'sloppy,' 'racist' depiction of Bruce Lee," 17 Aug. 2019 Which means some of it comes out perfectly factual and some is embellished by time. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Rodney Crowell on dogs, ghosts, Texas and Ringo Starr," 13 Aug. 2019 Then there are the deniers: Florida principal refused to call the Holocaust a 'factual, historical event' (Photo: MARK RALSTON, AFP/Getty Images) The Holocaust was the largest genocide in history, but not the last one. Elaine S. Povich, USA TODAY, "The Holocaust: States require education about it as anti-Semitism, hate crimes surge," 15 July 2019 But on Thursday the appeals court firmly rejected that finding in a 31-page ruling that detailed several areas where there is a factual dispute over Browder’s actions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Appeals court revives lawsuit over controversial 2015 SDPD shooting in Midway," 12 July 2019 Perhaps then, the scene in the film is about how John felt at the time, and not necessarily a factual retelling of the creation of the song. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Bernie Taupin Shares the Real Inspiration Behind Elton John's "Your Song"," 8 June 2019 The hosts and guests ignored Trump's factual inaccuracies and said Baltimore is broken and blamed Democrats like Cummings. Brian Stelter, CNN, "From Fox to the Sun, battle over Baltimore rages in the wake of Trump's tweets," 30 July 2019

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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 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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