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Involving or comprising action; active.


 - adj. Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; - opposed to potential, possible, virtual, speculative, conceivable, theoretical, or nominal; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion. In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country. Actual cautery. See under Cautery.


 - Actual sin (Theol.), that kind of sin which is done by ourselves in contradistinction to 'original sin. 


Syn. - Real; genuine; positive; certain. See Real. (Finance) Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts. (Law) Actual notice is notice which has been expressly given by which knowledge of a fact or been brought home to a party directly; it is opposed to constructive notice. Actual admissions are those which are expressly made; they are plenary or partial. An actual escape takes place when a prisoner in fact gets out of prison, and unlawfully regains his liberty.

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