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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.
Origin of actuality
1350-1400; Middle English actualite < Medieval Latin āctuālitās. See actual, -ity
Related forms
nonactuality, noun, plural nonactualities. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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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Word Origin and History for actuality

late 14c., "power, efficacy," from Old French actualite and directly from Medieval Latin actualitatem (nominative actualitas), from Late Latin actualis (see actual). A Latin loan-translation of Greek energeia. Meaning "state of being real" is from 1670s (actualities "existing conditions" is from 1660s).

Mod. use of actuality in the sense of realism, contact with the contemporary, is due to Fr. actualité, from actuel, which does not mean actual, real, but now existing, up to date. [Weekley]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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