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factual

[fak-choo-uh l] /ˈfæk tʃu əl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to facts; concerning facts:
factual accuracy.
2.
based on or restricted to facts:
a factual report.
Origin of factual
1825-1835
1825-35; fact + -ual, after effectual or actual
Related forms
factually, adverb
factuality, factualness, noun
nonfactual, adjective
nonfactually, adverb
unfactual, adjective
unfactually, adverb
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  • I know how little the intellectual and factual content of great poetry has to do with its significance.

    Art Clive Bell
  • I told you, Brent, there was often a factual basis for fables—remember?

  • The last of the internal senses is that of factual memory, the power which retains the judgments made by the faculty preceding.

  • They are in great part responsible for the factual matter in this book.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • As Father knew none of these suggestions to have any factual basis whatever his clear little mind was bored by them.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for factual

factual

/ˈfæktʃʊəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by facts
2.
of the nature of fact; real; actual
Derived Forms
factualism, noun
factualist, noun
factualistic, adjective
factually, adverb
factualness, factuality, noun
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Word Origin and History for factual
adj.

1834, from fact on model of actual. Related: Factually.

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