Definition of actuality in English:

actuality

noun

mass noun
  • 1The state of existing in reality.

    ‘the building looked as impressive in actuality as it did in magazines’
    • ‘Lately, most of us have inhabited the space between the terrible actuality and these daydreams.’
    • ‘This is true even as film since Welles is capable of a quasi-realism indistinguishable from actuality.’
    • ‘Sadra warns against the idea that potentiality is prior to actuality in an absolute sense.’
    • ‘In actuality, living where you need a car to do everything runs counter to Ireland's spatial strategy.’
    • ‘If ever the world needed a symbol of the potency of the threat that confronts us all, here it was as frightful actuality.’
    • ‘It felt like it had been years since I had last seen her, when in actuality it had only been a few months.’
    • ‘The track is nearly seven minutes long, but, in actuality, it feels almost too short.’
    • ‘On the other hand, you shouldn't let actuality get in the way of a good story!’
    • ‘Christianity's foundation centers around the actuality of one event in history.’
    • ‘The hotel is a temporary residence, so maybe you'll soon move from wish to actuality.’
    • ‘I want to relate the actuality, the reality of the contemporary performance piece to classical traditions.’
    • ‘Moreover, the impact of actuality is much more potent in the theater than in the concert hall.’
    • ‘It is that sense of actuality created that helps make the film so very unnerving.’
    • ‘In actuality, the problem is not the weapons themselves but the people who misuse them.’
    • ‘In theory it is great, but when you are doing it in actuality you run into problems that you never envisaged.’
    • ‘It seems that the image of the economy in the popular mind lags some 20 years behind actuality.’
    • ‘Autobiographical immediacy gives his fictitious reign of terror gritty actuality.’
    • ‘It is a movie that struggles for significance as it fashions actuality out of ambiguity.’
    • ‘Here the audience is confronted by the transfer of energy and force from concept into actuality.’
    • ‘Well, in actuality it's not a question you can give a plain yes or no because it is condition based.’
    reality, fact, truth, the real world, real life, existence, living
    really, in fact, in actual fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, in reality, actually, in truth, if truth be told, to tell the truth
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    1. 1.1actualities Existing conditions or facts.
      ‘the grim actualities of prison life’
      • ‘It would have been appreciated if their interest in my team had resulted in a communication relating to facts and actualities and not tabloid-type drivel.’
      • ‘Truth relates to actualities and objectives external to human perception - insofar as we can prove it, rain is only the precipitation of water vapour in the atmosphere.’
      • ‘They are imaginative fictions which intersect with aspects of their respective contemporary historical actualities.’
      • ‘Nostalgia about the World War II era has obscured the actualities of that period, with partisan and domestic politics not simply disappearing after Pearl Harbor.’
      • ‘The lyrical intensity of certain passages conveys with great beauty Lawrence's ‘vision’ as well as the implosion of that vision against the actualities of the Arab world.’
      • ‘He sees not only the actualities in a man, he also sees the possibilities.’
      • ‘Although they enthusiastically supported the party's general programme, the bolder among them dared to point out the gap between ideals and actualities.’
      • ‘Thomas Paine once wrote, ‘We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.’’
      • ‘And how can we tell the difference between marketing hype and the complex actualities of production and consumption?’
      • ‘His ideas gave passion to his life - and blinded him to the actualities around him.’
      • ‘For Schiller, the depiction of these exemplary scenes would serve the function of a practice run, permitting us to become aware of the actualities of history through a protective but transparent barrier.’
      • ‘These possibilities and actualities turn Berry from a doomsaying prophet into a trusted guide and even a friend, a sharer of hope.’
      • ‘She has a writer's eye for what the connections are between words and actualities, events and the people they happen to.’
      • ‘They have tended to advocate a certain view of Russia's prospects and of the East-West relationship that may not be warranted by the actualities of the situation.’
      • ‘Anna - absolutely, I'm very much talking about the principle and not the actualities of the situation.’
      • ‘Morality is concerned with how one ought to act rather than actualities such as what one does or might do given impunity from consequences.’
      • ‘But we live not only with positive general principles but with what Tocqueville (him again!) discerned as contradicting actualities.’
      • ‘Only the most naive ideology could give the same place to this forecast that it does to the political actualities of the German labour movement.’
      • ‘Scale depends on one's capacity to be conscious of the actualities of perception.’
      • ‘When do such actualities in the real world of our experience necessarily reshape beliefs inherited from another world and time?’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘activity’): from Old French actualite or medieval Latin actualitas, from actualis ‘active, practical’, from actus (see act).

Pronunciation

actuality

/aktʃʊˈalɪti/