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 The conventional story about Jones’s life is factual. New York Times, 17 Sep. 2021 The paper issued a correction about the factual errors, but not the root of the issue: the bigotry. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Massimine cited mental illness as a reason for the many factual errors in his resumé and biography. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021 The press releases did not allege any factual errors in the investigation, and there have been no corrections to the stories. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, 13 Aug. 2021 And know this: The wild stories bouncing around social media are just not factual. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 Even though factual data about the impact likely won’t be available for a couple of weeks, U.S. Federal emergency benefits of $300 per week expire today. Bill Stone, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 The study found that from August 2020 to January 2021, misinformation got six times more clicks on Facebook than posts containing factual news. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 The time frame is the early ’90s; Larraín has little interest in exact dates or other factual specifics, most of which would be superfluous anyway. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 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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23 Sep 2021

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“Factual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factual. Accessed 24 Sep. 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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