Meaning of “actual loss” in the English Dictionary

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actual lossnoun [ C ]

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FINANCE, ACCOUNTING the money that is lost when something is sold, because it has gone down in value, or when costs and the effects of inflation are included:

I'll hold at the moment, because it's too much of an actual loss if I sell now.
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LAW the money that is lost or will be lost as a result of something, which can be calculated and clearly shown:

The High Court sought to make the final damages reflect Mr Smith's actual loss.

(Definition of “actual loss” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)