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[fak-choo-uh l] /ˈfæk tʃu əl/
of or relating to facts; concerning facts:
factual accuracy.
based on or restricted to facts:
a factual report.
Origin of factual
1825-35; fact + -ual, after effectual or actual
Related forms
factually, adverb
factuality, factualness, noun
nonfactual, adjective
nonfactually, adverb
unfactual, adjective
unfactually, adverb Unabridged
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  • I know how little the intellectual and factual content of great poetry has to do with its significance.

    Art Clive Bell
  • I told you, Brent, there was often a factual basis for fables—remember?

  • The last of the internal senses is that of factual memory, the power which retains the judgments made by the faculty preceding.

  • They are in great part responsible for the factual matter in this book.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • As Father knew none of these suggestions to have any factual basis whatever his clear little mind was bored by them.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for factual


of, relating to, or characterized by facts
of the nature of fact; real; actual
Derived Forms
factualism, noun
factualist, noun
factualistic, adjective
factually, adverb
factualness, factuality, noun
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Word Origin and History for factual

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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