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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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 The film’s highly engaging quality rests mainly on the small shoulders of the adorable Doillon, who proves a delightfully winning and naturalistic presence. Gary Goldstein,, "French drama 'The Elephant and the Butterfly' spins a warm, light fable," 28 June 2018 Fortunately, Life Is Strange 2 handles itself with a naturalistic grace that was absent from the first title. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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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