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[ak-choo-al-i-tee] /ˌæk tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural actualities.
actual existence; reality.
an actual condition or circumstance; fact:
Space travel is now an actuality.
1350-1400; Middle English actualite < Medieval Latin āctuālitās. See actual, -ity
Related forms
nonactuality, noun, plural nonactualities. Unabridged
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Examples for actuality
  • In actuality, the fund's only real consistency was in its losses.
  • Evolution says that everything is getting bigger and stronger, but in all actuality, everything is winding down.
  • In actuality the decks were stacked, and it was only possible to win big by choosing from two of the four decks.
  • Puppies take time to learn, so in actuality it's not been that long.
  • It combines the suspense of the novel with the actuality of history.
  • One misses, nevertheless, the thrust and clutch and strain and sweat of actuality.
  • So you take her home, instead of spending the night at her house, as you do in actuality.
  • In a morbid condition of the brain, dreams often have a singular actuality, vividness and extraordinary semblance of reality.
  • In actuality, it's past time to try new, more aggressive measures.
  • Those people ended up as a consequence excited to learn them and have now in actuality been tapping into them.
British Dictionary definitions for actuality


noun (pl) -ties
true existence; reality
(sometimes pl) a fact or condition that is real
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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