real-life

adjective \ ˈrē(-ə)l-ˈlīf \

Definition of real-life

: existing or occurring in reality : drawn from or drawing on actual events or situations
  • real-life problems
  • real-life drama

First Known Use of real-life

1838

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REAL-LIFE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of real-life for English Language Learners

  • : happening in the real world rather than in a story : happening in the real life of someone


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