realism

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noun re·al·ism \ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of realism

  1. 1 :  concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary

  2. 2a :  a doctrine that universals exist outside the mind; specifically :  the conception that an abstract term names an independent and unitary realityb :  a theory that objects of sense perception or cognition exist independently of the mind — compare nominalism

  3. 3 :  the theory or practice of fidelity in art and literature to nature or to real life and to accurate representation without idealization

realist

play \-list\ adjective or noun

realistic

play \ˌrē-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

realistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of realism in a Sentence

  1. He has a sense of realism about what can be done to improve the economy.

  2. The realism of her dream was alarming.

  3. the stark realism of the play

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REALISM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of realism for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of a person who understands what is real and possible in a particular situation and is able to deal with problems in an effective and practical way

  • : the quality of being very much like real life : the quality of seeming to be real

  • : a style of art or literature that shows or describes people and things as they are in real life


REALISM Defined for Kids

realism

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noun re·al·ism \ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of realism for Students

  1. :  willingness to face facts or to give in to what is necessary



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