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FACTUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does factual mean? 

FACTUAL (adjective)
  The adjective FACTUAL has 4 senses:

1. existing in act or fact
2. of or relating to or characterized by facts
3. existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not
4. characterized by fact

  Familiarity information: FACTUAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FACTUAL (adjective)


Sense 1factual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Existing in act or fact

Synonyms:

factual; actual

Context examples:

rocks and trees...the actual world / actual heroism / the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced

Similar:

existent; real (being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory)


Sense 2factual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or characterized by facts

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

factual considerations

Pertainym:

fact (a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred)


Sense 3factual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not

Synonyms:

de facto; factual; actual

Context examples:

de facto segregation is as real as segregation imposed by law / a de facto state of war


Sense 4factual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by fact

Context example:

the factual aspects of the case

Similar:

concrete (capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary)


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