The difference between Actual and Possible

When used as nouns, actual means something actually received, whereas possible means a possible one.

When used as adjectives, actual means relating to a person's acts or deeds, whereas possible means able but not certain to happen.

check bellow for the other definitions of Actual and Possible

  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. Possible as an adjective (usually, not comparable):

    Able but not certain to happen; neither inevitable nor impossible.


    "ant certain inevitable impossible"

    "Rain tomorrow is possible, but I wouldn't bet on it."

    "It's not just possible, it's probable."

  2. Possible as an adjective (comparable):

    Capable of being done or achieved; feasible.


    "ant impossible"

    "It's possible for anyone to learn to pay the bagpipes."

  3. Possible as an adjective:

    Being considered, e.g. for a position.


    "Jones and Smith are both possible for the opening in sales."

  4. Possible as an adjective:

    Apparently valid, likely, plausible.


    "synonyms: likely plausible"

    "ant implausible"

  1. Possible as a noun:

    A possible one.

  2. Possible as a noun (colloquial, rare):

    A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position.


    "Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales."

  3. Possible as a noun (rare):

    A particular event that may happen.