Definition of actuality in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌak(t)SHəˈwalədē/

noun (plural actualities)

1Actual existence, typically as contrasted with what was intended, expected, or believed: the building looked as impressive in actuality as it did in magazines a mission was sent to investigate the actuality of the situation
More example sentences
  • In actuality, living where you need a car to do everything runs counter to Ireland's spatial strategy.
  • Well, in actuality it's not a question you can give a plain yes or no because it is condition based.
  • In actuality, the problem is not the weapons themselves but the people who misuse them.
1.1 (actualities) Existing conditions or facts: the grim actualities of prison life
More example sentences
  • It would have been appreciated if their interest in my team had resulted in a communication relating to facts and actualities and not tabloid-type drivel.
  • And how can we tell the difference between marketing hype and the complex actualities of production and consumption?
  • They have tended to advocate a certain view of Russia's prospects and of the East-West relationship that may not be warranted by the actualities of the situation.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'activeness'): from Old French actualite or medieval Latin actualitas, from actualis 'active, practical', from actus (see act).

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.