actuality

noun ac·tu·al·i·ty \ ˌak-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē , ˌak-shə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of actuality

plural actualities
1 :the quality or state of being actual
2 :something that is actual :fact, reality
  • possible risks which have been seized upon as actualities
  • —T. S. Eliot
in actuality
:in actual fact

Examples of actuality in a Sentence

  1. The actuality was quite different from the theory.

  2. the actuality of the Abominable Snowman is not taken seriously by scientists

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Origin and Etymology of actuality

Middle English actualite "capacity for action, effective power," borrowed from Medieval Latin āctuālitāt-, āctuālitās, from Late Latin āctuālis actual + Latin -itāt-, -itās -ity


ACTUALITY Defined for English Language Learners

actuality

noun

Definition of actuality for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being actual or real

  • : something that is actual or real



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