Definition of factual in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfak(t)SH(o͞o)əl/


1Concerned with what is actually the case rather than interpretations of or reactions to it: a mixture of comment and factual information
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  • I have apologised if I've got the information wrong and have corrected factual errors which will enable me to know the factual background.
  • Should the author care about the factual correctness of the fiction she writes?
  • The factual background to the matter whilst complex, was well documented by the tribunal in its decision.
truthful, true, accurate, authentic, historical, genuine, fact-based;
true-to-life, correct, exact, honest, faithful, literal, verbatim, word for word, well documented, unbiased, objective, unvarnished
formal veridical
1.1Actually occurring: cases mentioned are factual
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  • None of my stories, are, in fact, historical, in the sense that they are factual historical events.
  • Writing about factual events is both appealing and challenging for screenwriters.
  • We must bear in mind that an autobiography reveals more about the mind set of its author than about factual occurrences.



Pronunciation: /ˌfakCHo͞oˈalitē/
Example sentences
  • These sentences all contain verbs in the subjunctive mood, which is used chiefly to express the speaker's attitude about the likelihood or factuality of a given situation.
  • Much of nature's factuality strikes us as both messy and unpleasant but no less fascinating thereby.
  • Laconic, deceptively unassuming and structurally clear, these works have a straightforward factuality that ultimately carries the weight of their conviction.


Example sentences
  • She has to demonstrate a renewed allegiance to factualness, to truthfulness, and that these private alliances she had with people for money are no longer important to her.
  • ‘We know… that people like information and factualness,’ Rosenstiel continued, introducing survey results showing increasing public dissatisfaction with the media.


Mid 19th century: from fact, on the pattern of actual.

Words that rhyme with factual

artefactual (US artifactual), contractual, tactual

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Syllabification: fac·tu·al

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