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noun, plural ac·tu·al·i·ties.
  1. actual existence; reality.
  2. an actual condition or circumstance; fact: Space travel is now an actuality.
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Origin of actuality

1350–1400; Middle English actualite < Medieval Latin āctuālitās. See actual, -ity
Related formsnon·ac·tu·al·i·ty, noun, plural non·ac·tu·al·i·ties.
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  • Its hardness, solidity, and actuality could not be gainsaid.

  • She saw all this mentally; but would it avail anything in actuality?


    W. A. Fraser

  • A tale comparable to “Convict 99” in its actuality and holding interest.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux

  • It is an actuality,—an active, aggressive, and progressive reality.

  • But awakened to the actuality of what he now had dared, he was ashamed to go further.

British Dictionary definitions for actuality


noun plural -ties
  1. true existence; reality
  2. (sometimes plural) a fact or condition that is real
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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]
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