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

clear, rightly, sincerely, absolutely, exactly, actually, very, definitely, honestly, surely, positively, genuinely, legitimately, necessarily, originally, approximately, truly, permanently, virtually, substantially

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



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

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