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 Unsurprisingly, by an eye-popping ratio of greater than seven-to-one, respondents reported more interest in learning history as a form of inquiry as opposed to mastery of factual content. Time, "The Split in How Americans Think About Our Collective Past Is Real—But There’s a Way Out of the ‘History Wars’," 29 Apr. 2021 In response to the lawsuit on March 5, the attorney representing both the city and the police officers denied Rennells' allegations other than the factual circumstances of his arrest. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha police repeatedly and severely beat a man during an arrest in 2018, a federal lawsuit says," 28 Apr. 2021 The lawsuit eventually led to the implementation of the Handschu guidelines, which stipulated that the department could not investigate political or religious groups without some factual basis for suspecting criminal activity. New York Times, "He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?," 15 Apr. 2021 Chowdhury’s fate is left open-ended, which is factual. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, "The true story behind Netflix’s newest crime drama was too bizarre for TV," 2 Apr. 2021 His book is also riddled with misleading claims and factual inaccuracies. oregonlive, "How Portland’s Andy Ngo turned his war with ‘antifa’ into a dubious, best-selling book," 13 Feb. 2021 The lawsuit is one of dozens filed by Powell and one of many that include serious factual errors. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP candidate says he was used without permission as a plaintiff in lawsuit to overturn Wisconsin election results," 1 Dec. 2020 Flores said the case had good faith, factual basis and that the move to dismiss the case based on the ongoing statewide vote count made clear that the attorneys did not violate rules of professional conduct. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Complaints against 9 attorneys involved in election lawsuits dismissed by Arizona Bar; 12 still pending," 16 Mar. 2021 During more volatile Assembly meetings, Dunbar has occasionally questioned the factual basis of some public testimony. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Forrest Dunbar has served on the Anchorage Assembly through a pandemic and protests. He still says he can win the mayor’s race.," 14 Mar. 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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2 May 2021

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“Factual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 12 May. 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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