Definition of factual in English:



  • 1Concerned with what is actually the case rather than interpretations of or reactions to it.

    ‘a mixture of comment and factual information’
    • ‘The factual background to the matter whilst complex, was well documented by the tribunal in its decision.’
    • ‘In due course I shall have to refer to a number of factual matters concerning the disciplinary procedure.’
    • ‘In return for this they are entitled to a flow of factual information about food from the farm to the table.’
    • ‘My 12 year old son needed factual information for a school report he had to present.’
    • ‘I do not and will not disperse important information that is not factual and accurate.’
    • ‘One of the things that the internet has done is to widely disseminate enormous amounts of factual information.’
    • ‘Bereaved parents often need factual information that may help explain why their baby has died.’
    • ‘However, where there are grounds for doubt or uncertainty on factual accuracy, this needs to be indicated.’
    • ‘This is a full and, in my judgment, an accurate account of the various factual matters and the various areas of dispute.’
    • ‘We hope our media can provide us with relevant, factual and balanced information.’
    • ‘The trust also provides qualified counselling along with factual and practical information.’
    • ‘Realists respect factual information, which they store up to use when making decisions.’
    • ‘The profiles would also have to be monitored for factual accuracy and selectivity of information.’
    • ‘The reported information was of a factual nature, and so could be unambiguously coded.’
    • ‘I have apologised if I've got the information wrong and have corrected factual errors which will enable me to know the factual background.’
    • ‘It went on to say that there was no need for an oral hearing because there were no concerns over the factual issues in the case.’
    • ‘Should the author care about the factual correctness of the fiction she writes?’
    • ‘The book is often mistaken in its views and incorrect in the supposedly factual information it contains.’
    • ‘Your short article cited above was glib, arrogant, and provides little factual information.’
    • ‘Overall, I think that it would be far better if we viewed the conflict in an unbiased factual light.’
    • ‘Moreover, always remember that the application of these rules to new factual situations will rarely result in definite decisions.’
    truthful, true, accurate, authentic, historical, genuine, fact-based, realistic, real
    true-to-life, lifelike, telling it like it is, as it really happened, correct, circumstantial, sure, veritable, exact, precise, honest, fair, faithful, literal, matter-of-fact, verbatim, word for word, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, unvarnished, unadorned, unadulterated, unexaggerated
    verisimilar, veristic, veridical
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    1. 1.1Actually occurring.
      ‘cases mentioned are factual’
      • ‘We must bear in mind that an autobiography reveals more about the mind set of its author than about factual occurrences.’
      • ‘Writing about factual events is both appealing and challenging for screenwriters.’
      • ‘None of my stories, are, in fact, historical, in the sense that they are factual historical events.’


Mid 19th century: from fact, on the pattern of actual.