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factual

[fak-choo-uh l]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to facts; concerning facts: factual accuracy.
  2. based on or restricted to facts: a factual report.

Origin of factual

1825–35; fact + -ual, after effectual or actual
Related formsfac·tu·al·ly, adverbfac·tu·al·i·ty, fac·tu·al·ness, nounnon·fac·tu·al, adjectivenon·fac·tu·al·ly, adverbun·fac·tu·al, adjectiveun·fac·tu·al·ly, adverb
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factual

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by facts
  2. of the nature of fact; real; actual
Derived Formsfactualism, nounfactualist, nounfactualistic, adjectivefactually, adverbfactualness or factuality, noun
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Word Origin and History for factual

adj.

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

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