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 naturalistic (audio) , ˈnach-​rə-​ \

Definition of naturalistic

: of, characterized by, or according with naturalism

Other Words from naturalistic

naturalistically \ ˌna-​chə-​rə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce naturalistic (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 As usual, their method is to drop you right into a swift, relentlessly naturalistic story in which character and circumstance are frequently revealed in a flurry of white-knuckle action. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 Most interesting, the quince and cabbage are hanging by strings, not only to preserve them from decay (a naturalistic detail) but also to imply perhaps the presence of a breeze. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 13 May 2022 The first paintings Bonheur submitted to the Paris Salon showed such a mastery of anatomy and naturalistic detail that her work was compared with his. Regina Marler, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 The innovative architect was a leader in the D.C. area for bringing contemporary design and naturalistic site planning to the housing market. Diane Bernard, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Footwear for men and women are placed along the various levels while small glass cases house jewelry—ear cuffs and pendants in sleek, naturalistic forms. Amy Verner, Vogue, 23 June 2022 This year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is themed around wild plants and naturalistic gardens, with gardeners encouraged to showcase plants which promote wildlife, biodiversity and rewilding. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 27 May 2022 No other medium can draw detail in a more naturalistic and organic way than film. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 22 July 2022 Kirke agreed, despite misgivings, and was hailed for her naturalistic performance. The New Yorker, 22 May 2022 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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