Ac"tu*al (#; 135), a. [OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act.]


Involving or comprising action; active.


Her walking and other actual performances. Shak.

Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to God. Jer. Taylor.


Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; -- opposed to potential, possible, virtual, speculative, coceivable, theoretical, or nominal; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion.


In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country.

Actual cautery. See under Cautery. -- Actual sin Theol., that kind of sin which is done by ourselves in contradistinction to "original sin."

Syn. -- Real; genuine; positive; certain. See Real.

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Ac"tu*al (#), n. Finance

Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts.


The accounts of revenues supplied . . . were not real receipts: not, in financial language, "actuals," but only Egyptian budget estimates. Fortnightly Review.


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