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

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The only excess is the film’s cinematography (by Chananun Chotrungroj), which paints the countryside in lush, naturalistic strokes, revealing the filmmaker’s tender affection for the land. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Third Wife’ is a story told with deft, lush strokes," 27 June 2019 The only excess is the film’s cinematography (by Chananun Chotrungroj), which paints the countryside in lush, naturalistic strokes, revealing the filmmaker’s tender affection for the land. Hau Chu, Twin Cities, "‘The Third Wife,’ a movie set in 19th-century Vietnam, has a lot to say about today," 27 June 2019 Biophilic design can also be indirect, like using images of nature, natural colors, and naturalistic shapes in a space. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 The savageness, changefulness and naturalistic detailing that constituted true Gothic architecture crafted the parapets of the Palazzo Priuli and the loggia of the Ca’ d’Oro. Tristram Hunt, WSJ, "Elegy for the Floating City," 25 Jan. 2019 Everything is precisely choreographed, but largely in ways that make naturalistic behavior look peculiar. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: At BalletX, a New Work Alive With Suspense and Surrealism," 13 July 2018 Duse’s legacy is the American naturalistic style, in which the performer submerges herself in the role. Rachel Shteir, WSJ, "‘Playing to the Gods’ Review: Avatars of Female Anguish," 23 Aug. 2018 The green is far from the naturalistic Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Been Wearing a Lot of Neon Green—Here’s What It Means," 2 Jan. 2019 Smack in the middle of what looks like a naturalistic painting is a three-headed monster. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019

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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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