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fact +‎ -al, modified by analogy with actual.



factual (comparative more factual, superlative most factual)

  1. Pertaining to or consisting of objective claims.
    • 2001 September 27, Terrie E. Moffitt; Avshalom Caspi; Michael Rutter; Phil A. Silva, Sex Differences in Antisocial Behaviour: Conduct Disorder, Delinquency, and Violence in the Dunedin Longitudinal Study[1], Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 151:
      This hypothesis goes by many names, including group resistence, the threshold effect, and the gender paradox. Because the hypothesis holds such wide appeal, it is worth revisiting the logic behind it. The hypothesis is built on the factual observation that fewer females than males act antisocially.
    • 2012, D.C. Kline, Dominion and Wealth: A Critical Analysis of Karl Marx’ Theory of Commercial Law, Springer Science & Business Media (→ISBN), page 34:
      If, as Marx claimed, these factual views were held by the ideologists of the nineteenth century and if these factual claims could be proven false, then Marx could claim to have refuted certain tenets of capitalist political philosophy on a purely  []
    • 2014, Derek Matravers, Fiction and Narrative, OUP Oxford (→ISBN):
      Thus, the approach has more flexibility than Lamarque and Olsen's approach; in particular, it is open to the possibility that false factual claims do affect our understanding of, and our evaluation of, fictional narratives.
  2. True, accurate, corresponding to reality.
    • 2007, Robin Parrish, Fearless, Bethany House Pub (→ISBN)
      He knew Guardian's real name. Did he dare play that card? "Yes ma'am, that's factual information. All of it."

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factual m or f (plural factuais, comparable)

  1. factual (consisting of facts)



factual (plural factuales)

  1. factual
    Synonym: fáctico