Definition of actuality in English:


Syllabification: ac·tu·al·i·ty
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
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  • 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
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  • 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).

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