Existing and not merely potential or possible. See Synonyms at real1.(adjective)
Being, existing, or acting at the present moment; current.(adjective)
Based on fact: an actual account of the accident. (adjective)
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Use "actual" in a sentence
"We have the total waste of $225,496,741 and this, reduced to its actual significance, means that of the total actual terminations, 83.6 per cent. was _actual waste_ and only 16.4 per cent. legitimate terminations, while the great bulk of the last item of"
"Uses HTML:: Parser which is tolerant of unbalanced tags, so the actual may have unbalanced tags which will assert_html_matches ($expected, $actual, $message)"
"affairs; a military limited in size and scope to actual protection of U.S. territory and its population; tight rein on foreign military alliances; no participation in major conflicts without an *actual*"