actuality

ac|tu|al|i|ty [ ,æktʃu`æləti ] noun FORMAL
1. ) uncount what really exists:
Physics deals as much with possibility as it does with actuality.
2. ) count a fact or something that is real:
I tell you all of this to educate you in the actualities of war.
in actuality VERY FORMAL
used for emphasizing what is really true

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Actuality — Ac tu*al i*ty, n.; pl. {Actualities}. The state of being actual; reality; as, the actuality of God s nature. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Actuality — may refer to: * Modal logic * Potentiality and actuality (Aristotle) * A slogan on the television network TruTV …   Wikipedia

  • actuality — (n.) late 14c., power, efficacy, from O.Fr. actualite and directly from M.L. actualitatem (nom. actualitas), from L.L. actualis (see ACTUAL (Cf. actual)). A Latin loan translation of Gk. energeia. Meaning state of being real is from 1670s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • actuality —  ; actuality    These two related terms (from the Latin agere, meaning to do ) have a wide variety of meanings; two meanings are particularly important in theology: (1) in the area of morality, human act refers to a person s free, deliberate,… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • actuality — index entity, fact, fait accompli, reality, substance (essential nature), truth, veracity Burton s Le …   Law dictionary

  • actuality — *existence, being Analogous words: realization, actualization, materialization, externalization, incarnation (see corresponding verbs at REALIZE): attainment, achievement (see corresponding verbs at REACH) Antonyms: potentiality, possibility… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • actuality — [n] something that truly exists, is real achievement, actualization, attainment, brass tacks*, fact, materiality, materialization, reality, real world*, straight stuff*, substance, substantiality, truth, what it is*; concept 725 …   New thesaurus

  • actuality — ► NOUN (pl. actualities) 1) actual existence or fact, as opposed to what was intended or expected. 2) (actualities) existing conditions or facts …   English terms dictionary

  • actuality — [ak΄cho͞o al′ə tē, ak΄sho͞oal′ə tē] n. 1. the state of being actual; reality 2. pl. actualities an actual thing or condition; fact …   English World dictionary

  • actuality —    by Claire Colebrook   It might seem that Deleuze s philosophy is dominated by an affirmation of the virtual and is highly critical of a western tradition that has privileged actuality. To a certain extent this is true, and this privilege can… …   The Deleuze dictionary

  • actuality —    by Claire Colebrook   It might seem that Deleuze s philosophy is dominated by an affirmation of the virtual and is highly critical of a western tradition that has privileged actuality. To a certain extent this is true, and this privilege can… …   The Deleuze dictionary

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