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[fak-choo-uh l] /ˈfæk tʃu əl/
of or relating to facts; concerning facts:
factual accuracy.
based on or restricted to facts:
a factual report.
Origin of factual
1825-35; fact + -ual, after effectual or actual
Related forms
factually, adverb
factuality, factualness, noun
nonfactual, adjective
nonfactually, adverb
unfactual, adjective
unfactually, adverb Unabridged
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  • But journalists ignore the both of us and prattle on regardless, as if it were factual.
  • Yet its reporting looks dryly factual to western eyes.
  • Any such objects will be returned to groups than can demonstrate a cultural affiliation or factual claim to them.
  • Unfortunately, there are a number of factual errors in this essay which undermine its credibility.
  • Please note that there are some factual inconsistencies in the article.
  • The cards invariably display as a minimum some basic factual information about the sender.
  • Nor is he a journalist determined to bore down to factual bedrock.
  • The picture being painted in the above article is in no means factual.
  • Both are based on theory that cannot be proven and has no factual evidence to back up the theories.
  • To start with, there were some rather glaring factual errors.
British Dictionary definitions for factual


of, relating to, or characterized by facts
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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