Actual and Possible


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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

Possible is an antonym for actual.
Nearby Words: actualize, actually, actuality, actuation, actualization
Antonyms for Actual


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Possible adjective – Existing only as a possibility and not in fact.
Usage example: only one of several possible outcomes

Actual is an antonym for possible.
Nearby Words: possibility, possibly
Antonyms for Possible
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Things that words describes

character actual character possible character
attack actual attack possible attack
interest actual interest possible interest
point actual point possible point
Other nouns: relationship, reason, form, death, murder, effect, episode, case, time, use, example, characters, level, damage, threat, weapon, ending, movie, names.

Both words in one sentence

  • A detective (rarely a great one, though), angered by a possible or actual perp being smug, lunges for them and has to be restrained by fellow officers.
  • Webcomic / Ménage à 3 The mandatory gay lead character is replaced by a gay secondary character and a lot of possible or actual bisexuality among other characters; the mandatory band membership comes up late in the day, but becomes quite important then.
  • Actual Pacifist It is possible to play an actual pacifist in the first two games of Fallout by maxing out all of your social traits.
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Possible or Actual. 2016. Accessed November 24, 2020.

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