Actual and Hypothetical


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Actual adjective – Existing in fact and not merely as a possibility.
Usage example: the actual outcome of the election was quite different from what everybody had expected

Hypothetical is an antonym for actual in topics: real, existing at the present time.
Nearby Words: actualize, actually, actuality, actuation, actualization
Antonyms for Actual


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Hypothetical adjective – Existing only as an assumption or speculation.
Usage example: we talked about what we would do in various hypothetical emergencies

Actual is an antonym for hypothetical in theoretical topic.
Nearby Words: hypothesis, hypothetic
Antonyms for Hypothetical
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Things that words describes

person actual person hypothetical person
girl actual girl hypothetical girl
people actual people hypothetical people
children actual children hypothetical children
Other nouns: form, series, scene, death, murder, episode, case, example, characters, game, story, book, battle, ending, song, war, murderer, movie, names, powers.

Both words in one sentence

  • Alternate History: Used often to compare or contrast actual and hypothetical situations.
  • Series / Better Off Ted For example, they engage in a philosophical debate about hypothetical murderer babies instead of stopping a drugged co-worker from kidnapping an actual baby.
  • Series / Total Divas Of course in the actual episode, it's a hypothetical discussion about if Ariane were to go back down to NXT and train.
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