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actuality

noun
     
ac‧tu‧al‧i‧ty plural actualities formal
1 [countable usually plural] facts, rather than things that people believe or imagine [= realities]:
the grim actualities of prison life
2 [uncountable] the state of being real or really existing:
In actuality, it's much more complex than that (=used when talking about what a situation is really like).

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