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