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virtual (adj.)

late 14c., "influencing by physical virtues or capabilities, effective with respect to inherent natural qualities," from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus "excellence, potency, efficacy," literally "manliness, manhood" (see virtue). The meaning "being something in essence or effect, though not actually or in fact" is from mid-15c., probably via sense of "capable of producing a certain effect" (early 15c.). Computer sense of "not physically existing but made to appear by software" is attested from 1959.

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Definitions of virtual from WordNet

virtual (adj.)
being actually such in almost every respect;
the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin
Synonyms: practical
virtual (adj.)
existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact;
a virtual dependence on charity
a virtual revolution
virtual reality
From wordnet.princeton.edu