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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ac"tu*al
  1. 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.]
  2. 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.
  3. 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

noun Ac"tu*al
Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts.
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  1. Presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible ("the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different" and "actual and imagined conditions")
  2. Being or existing at the present moment ("the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West")
  3. Taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated ("we saw the actual wedding on television" and "filmed the actual beating")
  4. Existing in act or fact ("rocks and trees...the actual world", "actual heroism", and "the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced")
  5. Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something ("her actual motive")

Middle English actual, actuel (“active”), from Old French actuel, actual, from Late Latin actualis (“active, practical”), from Latin actus (“act, action, performance”), from agere (“to do; to act”) + -alis (“-al”).

  1. An actual, real one; notably:
    1. (finance) Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones.
    2. (military) A radio callsign modifier that specifies the commanding officer of the unit or asset denoted by the remainder of the callsign and not the officer's assistant or other designee.
      Bravo Six , this is Charlie One. Come in, over. (The radio operator is requesting to speak to the commander of the unit under the call sign "Bravo Six.")

actual was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Galician, Interlingua, Portuguese, and Spanish

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Past life for Actual born Aug 4, 2016

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Africa approximately on 1425. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.