English word actual comes from Late Latin actualis (active, practical), a word which derives from the Latin word actus, which is form of the verb agere and means "done".
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Actual detailed word origin explanation
Late Latin (LL)
Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
(dated) In action at the time being; now existing; current.. (obsolete) Active, not passive.. Existing in act or reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact.. Factual, real, not just apparent or even false.. Used to emphasise a noun or verb, whether something is real or metaphorical. (finance) Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated [...]