actuality

[[t]æ̱ktʃuæ̱lɪti[/t]]
actualities
1) PHRASE: PHR with cl (emphasis) You can use in actuality to emphasize that what you are saying is true, when it contradicts or contrasts with what you have previously said.

It would have been a monumental feat of self-control for him to change the habits of a lifetime. In actuality, he seems to have made very little effort to do so...

The woman he had seen performing on stage was in actuality quite older than she had seemed.

Syn:
in reality, actually
2) N-UNCOUNT Actuality is the state of really existing rather than being imagined.

It exists in dreams rather than actuality.

Syn:
3) N-COUNT An actuality is a fact or condition that really exists. [FORMAL]

To stop the fighting there requires the threat and probably the actuality of military force...

While economists are free to theorise, company chairmen are concerned with actualities.


English dictionary. 2008.

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