The difference between Actual and Genuine

When used as adjectives, actual means relating to a person's acts or deeds, whereas genuine means belonging to, or proceeding from the original stock.

Actual is also noun with the meaning: something actually received.

check bellow for the other definitions of Actual and Genuine

  1. Actual as an adjective (chiefly, theology):

    Relating to a person's acts or deeds; active, practical.

  2. Actual as an adjective:

    Existing in reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact.


    "the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion"

    "The actual government expenses dramatically exceed the budget."

  3. Actual as an adjective (now, rare):

    In action at the time being; now existing; current.

  4. Actual as an adjective:

    Used as intensifier to emphasise a following noun; exact, very.

  1. Actual as a noun (finance):

    An actual, real one; notably: Something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones. A radio callsign modifier that specifies the commanding officer of the unit or asset denoted by the remainder of the callsign and not the officer's assistant or other designee.


    "Bravo Six Actual, this is Charlie One. Come in, over.'' (The radio operator is requesting to speak to the commander of the unit under the call sign "Bravo Six.")"

  1. Genuine as an adjective:

    Belonging to, or proceeding from the original stock; native

  2. Genuine as an adjective:

    not counterfeit, spurious, false, or adulterated


    "a genuine text; a genuine production; genuine materials; genuine friendship"