Actual and Imaginary


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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

Imaginary is an antonym for actual in topics: real, existing at the present time.
Nearby Words: actualize, actually, actuality, actuation, actualization
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Imaginary adjective – Not real and existing only in the imagination.
Usage example: told by the psychologist that it was perfectly normal for their child to have an imaginary friend

Actual is an antonym for imaginary in fictional topic.
Nearby Words: imagination, imaginative
Antonyms for Imaginary
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Things that words describes

power actual power imaginary power
people actual people imaginary people
part actual part imaginary part
number actual number imaginary number
Other nouns: series, show, episode, characters, personality, game, story, book, gun, powers, games.

Both words in one sentence

  • Webcomic / Shinka The Last Eevee However, SilverLunarwing is a geology major, so when an actual, non-imaginary desert shows up, this trope is neatly averted.
  • Film / The Fountain The three versions of Tom and Isabel are either imaginary to each other, reincarnations of each other, or an actual character who attained immortality.
  • In fact, the imaginary funeral Charlie dreams about in that episode ends up vaguely resembling the character's actual funeral.
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