Talk:act

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Wiktionary:Requests for verification - sense failed[edit]

Kept. See archived discussion of February 2009. 07:08, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Entry kept; sense failed. DCDuring TALK 14:42, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

"usually uncountable" ?[edit]

I see act as noun labeled "usually uncountable" followed by six countable senses and one uncountable obsolete sense. This is clearly in error but I am not finding the template magic for the "usually countable" case just now. Have been away for a bit. Makearney 13:56, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

WT:RFV sense changed, kept[edit]

See this discussion. — Beobach 06:11, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

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Rfv-sense: obsolete, uncountable: A state of existence. Does the OED have a cite for this? Date? DCDuring TALK 14:55, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

Sounds like OED 2 (obs.), roughly meaning a state of fact as opposed to possibility. Quotations follow. Michael Z. 2009-05-11 05:27 z
  • 1398 TREVISA Barth. De P.R. IV. i. (1495) 78 The noblest thynges of shappes of kynde and of crafte that be hydde comyth forth in acte and in dede.
  • 1595 SHAKES. John IV. iii. 135 If I in act, consent, or sinne of thought Be guiltie.
  • 1662 MORE Antid. agst. Ath. Ep. Ded. (1712) 2 Plato, if he were alive again, might find his timorous supposition brought into absolute Act.
  • 1677 HALE Prim. Orig. Man. 109 They are only in possibility, and not in act.
Sounds like a suitable def might be 'actuality'. Pingku 11:40, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
I concur with Pingku, and have changed the sense accordingly; on the strength of Shakespeare's well-known work, this is RFV-passed. Struck. NB I have not added Shakespeare's quotation to the entry, but have already copied this discussion to the talk page. (This discussion itself should be left here for a little while.) — Beobach972 05:05, 14 November 2010 (UTC)