- Involving or comprising action; active.(Obs)"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 conceivable 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.synonyms: Real; genuine; positive; certain. See Real.
Etymology: OE. actuel, F. actuel, L. actualis, fr. agere to do, act