Middle English Dictionary Entry

actūā̆l, -ē̆l adj.
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(a) Of things, conditions, emotions, qualities: existing in fact, real; of actions: really done; (b) surg. real (as opposed to potential); ~ cauterie, a cauterizing operation involving the application of real heat (as with heated metal); also, an instrument used in such a cautery.
(a) Phil. Having effective power of action, active (as opposed to passive); (b) theol. ~ sin, sin committed by one's own act (as opposed to original sin); (c) energetic, vigorous.