[ ak-choo-al-i-tee ]
/ ˌæk tʃuˈæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural ac·tu·al·i·ties.

actual existence; reality.
an actual condition or circumstance; fact: Space travel is now an actuality.

Nearby words

  1. actual bodily harm,
  2. actual cautery,
  3. actual cost,
  4. actual sin,
  5. actualism,
  6. actualité,
  7. actualization,
  8. actualize,
  9. actually,
  10. actuals

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for actuality


/ (ˌæktʃʊˈælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

true existence; reality
(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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper