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reality principle

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noun re·al·i·ty principle \rē-ˈal-ət-ē-\

Medical Definition of reality principle

  1. :  the tendency to defer immediate instinctual gratification so as to achieve longer-range goals or so as to meet external demands (as from the physical environment or from a group of psychologically significant individuals)—compare pleasure principle




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