Actual and Theoretical


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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

Theoretical is an antonym for actual in topics: real, existing at the present time.
Nearby Words: actualize, actually, actuality, actuation, actualization
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Theoretical adjective – Existing only as an assumption or speculation.
Usage example: the merits of the new testing procedures are purely theoretical, since no one has ever used them before

Actual is an antonym for theoretical.
Nearby Words: theory, theoretic, theoretically, theorist, theoretician
Antonyms for Theoretical
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ability actual ability theoretical ability
power actual power theoretical power
work actual work theoretical work
part actual part theoretical part
Other nouns: event, case, plan, level, father, weapons.

Both words in one sentence

  • Explosive Instrumentation There hasn't been any actual cases where this has happened; it's only theoretical.
  • Useful Notes / Finns with Fearsome Forests This mess remains an eminently teachable lesson in force multipliers and the disconnect between theoretical force and actual combat capability.
  • Armchair Military Often have trouble telling the difference between the 'paper'/theoretical and 'actual' strength and performance of forces.
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