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A'ctually. adv. [from actual.] In act; in effect; really.

All mankind acknowledge themselves able and sufficient to do many things, which actually they never do. South.

Read one of the chronicles written by an author of this frame of mind, and you will think you were reading a history of the kings of Israel or Judah, where the historians were actually inspired, and where, by a particular scheme of providence, the kings were distinguished by judgments or blessings, according as they promoted idolatry, or the worship of the true God. Addison. Spectator, № 483.

Though our temporal prospects should be full of danger, or though the days of sorrow should actually overtake us, yet still we must repose our selves on God. Rogers, Sermon xix.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Rogers, John (38) · South, Robert (158) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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