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[ak-choo-al-i-tee] /ˌæk tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural actualities.
actual existence; reality.
an actual condition or circumstance; fact:
Space travel is now an actuality.
Origin of actuality
1350-1400; Middle English actualite < Medieval Latin āctuālitās. See actual, -ity
Related forms
nonactuality, noun, plural nonactualities. Unabridged
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  • He went about absorbed in the interest and the actuality of this dream.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • It completed the repudiation of actuality which was the essence of the effect.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Growing and growth are the same fact expanded in actuality or telescoped in thought.

  • But they need an agent to bring to actuality what is in them potentially.

  • But further, granted that neither factor in itself produces any actuality, which is normally the weightier of the two factors?

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
British Dictionary definitions for actuality


noun (pl) -ties
true existence; reality
(sometimes pl) a fact or condition that is real
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for actuality

late 14c., "power, efficacy," from Old French actualite and directly from Medieval Latin actualitatem (nominative actualitas), from Late Latin actualis (see actual). A Latin loan-translation of Greek energeia. Meaning "state of being real" is from 1670s (actualities "existing conditions" is from 1660s).

Mod. use of actuality in the sense of realism, contact with the contemporary, is due to Fr. actualité, from actuel, which does not mean actual, real, but now existing, up to date. [Weekley]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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