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A'ctual. adj. [actuel, Fr.]

  1. That which comprises action.

    In this slumbry agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what, at any time, have you heard her say? Shakespeare's Macbeth.

  2. Really in act; not merely potential.

                                Sin, there in pow'r before
    Once actual; now in body, and to dwell
    Habitual habitant.
    Milt. Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 587.

  3. In act; not purely in speculation.

    For he that but conceives a crime in thought,
    Contracts the danger of an actual fault:
    Then what must he expect, that still proceeds
    To finish sin, and work up thoughts to deeds?
    Dryden's Juvenal, Sat. xiii.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385)

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