existing in act or fact; real: an actual case of heroism; actual expenses.
existing now; present; current: The ship's actual position is 22 miles due east of Miami.
Obsolete. pertaining to or involving acts or action.

1275–1325; < Late Latin āctuālis, equivalent to Latin āctu- (stem of action noun āctus; see act) + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English actuel < Middle French < Latin

actualness, noun
nonactual, adjective
nonactualness, noun

1. genuine, authentic, veritable. See real1.

1. unreal, fictional. Unabridged
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actual (ˈæktʃʊəl)
1.  existing in reality or as a matter of fact
2.  real or genuine
3.  existing at the present time; current
4.  informal, facetious often (Brit) (usually preceded by your) (intensifier): that music's by your actual Mozart, isn't it?
usage  The excessive use of actual and actually should be avoided. They are unnecessary in sentences such as in actual fact, he is forty-two, and he did actually go to the play but did not enjoy it

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "pertaining to an action," from O.Fr. actuel "now existing, up to date" (13c.), from L.L. actualis "active," adj. form of L. actus (see act). The broader sense of "real" (as opposed to potential, ideal, etc.) is due to infl. of Fr. actualite.
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Example sentences
Try to find an actual travel brochure of the area and compare your brochure to
  the real one.
The point of graduate school, for the actual graduate students themselves, is
  preparation for a career.
Although this theory has been widely accepted, finding an actual shock breakout
  was due to extreme serendipity.
That's right, there's more time on replays than on the actual plays.
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