nat·​u·​ral·​is·​tic | \ ˌna-chə-rə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce naturalistic (audio) , ˌnach-rə- \
variants: or less commonly naturalist \ ˈna-​chə-​rə-​list How to pronounce naturalist (audio) , ˈnach-​rə-​ \

Definition of naturalistic

: of, characterized by, or according with naturalism

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Other Words from naturalistic

naturalistically \ ˌna-​chə-​rə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce naturalistically (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Enclosures have become larger and more naturalistic, and animals have more places to secret themselves away from our gaze. Anna Peele, Washington Post, "The Gray Cockatoo Is Lonely Without You," 24 June 2020 Her work was noted for its naturalistic acting, skillful integration of improvisation, and understated approach to both comedy and drama. Tyler Aquilina,, "Lynn Shelton, indie filmmaker and Little Fires Everywhere director, dies at 54," 16 May 2020 Some images of him and his father on monuments at Tikal are even carved in the flat, geometric style of Teotihuacan art, distinct from the intricate, naturalistic portraits of the Maya. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "‘Astounding new finds’ suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight," 27 Feb. 2020 As for Jennifer Aniston’s anchor Alex Levy, she’s stuck somewhere between Margo Channing and Martha Stewart, not fully unleashed in her diva tendencies but not naturalistic, either. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Went Wrong With The Morning Show?," 21 Dec. 2019 The setting would impart scale, making the figure look larger, and the naturalistic backdrop would emphasize the otherworldliness of Gwaneum’s idealized features and proportions. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "Poised Between Two Worlds," 31 Jan. 2020 The figures were painted in naturalistic hues and soft colors. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020 By embracing non-naturalistic psychodrama, Greig also opens up the story to additional characters who had little or no connection to the original events. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Touching the Void': Theater Review," 15 Nov. 2019 The main problem with The Outsider, which seems to feel much more comfortable as a moodily naturalistic crime drama than as a parser of things that go bump in the night, is that the balance is off. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Supernatural Gets Serious in The Outsider," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of naturalistic

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Naturalistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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