nat·​u·​ral·​is·​tic | \ˌna-chə-rə-ˈli-stik, ˌnach-rə-\
variants: or less commonly naturalist \ ˈna-​chə-​rə-​list , ˈnach-​rə-​ \

Definition of naturalistic 

: of, characterized by, or according with naturalism

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naturalistically \ ˌna-​chə-​rə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌnach-​rə-​ \ adverb

Examples of naturalistic in a Sentence

The zoo strives to create naturalistic settings for the animals. the movie's volcanic eruption is so naturalistic that it's easy to forget that it all came out of a computer

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The production, directed by Doug Hughes, is too tasteful and basically naturalistic to offer much pushback. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ Sells Upward Mobility for Dummies," 6 June 2018 But that’s not to say that their interpretations are entirely naturalistic. New York Times, "Review: ‘Dance Nation,’ the Power and the Terror of Girls at 13," 8 May 2018 Despite the problematic aspects of his interpretation, Stoll nonetheless manages to be compelling, thanks to his formidable charisma and wonderfully naturalistic delivery. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Othello': Theater Review," 19 June 2018 The exhibit spaces are larger and more naturalistic, and the staff is far more professional. David Scharfenberg,, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 That artist added naturalistic details that reflect his knowledge of biology, botany and physics. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Leonardo in an Art Workshop: The Boy Most Likely to Succeed," 15 June 2018 Avon Haughton as Haemon, Creon’s truth-telling son, and Anthony Vaughn Merchant, as a broadly comical guard, do better with more naturalistic performances. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: ‘Antigone’ Asserts Whose Lives Matter, With Modern Relevance," 9 July 2018 The sojourn exposed him to Socialist Realism and upended his own style, which thereafter became more rounded and naturalistic, focused less on historical figures and more on contemporary images of work and toil. James Panero, WSJ, "‘Charles White: A Retrospective’ Review: Shimmering Black History Brought to Life," 27 June 2018 In my mind, that gets closer to real life than the naturalistic [style of filmmaking]. . . . Isaac Feldberg,, "Boots Riley talks about ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of naturalistic

1838, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of naturalistic

: looking like what appears in nature : not looking artificial or man-made

: using naturalism in art or literature : showing people or things as they really are

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