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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]


Existing in act or fact


factual; actual

Context examples:

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


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

Sense 2factual [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to or characterized by facts

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

factual considerations


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

Sense 3factual [BACK TO TOP]


Existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not


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]


Characterized by fact

Context example:

the factual aspects of the case


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

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