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reality

[ree-al-i-tee]
noun, plural realities for 3, 5–7.
1.
the state or quality of being real.
2.
resemblance to what is real.
3.
a real thing or fact.
4.
real things, facts, or events taken as a whole; state of affairs: the reality of the business world; vacationing to escape reality.
5.
Philosophy.
a.
something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
b.
something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
6.
something that is real.
7.
something that constitutes a real or actual thing, as distinguished from something that is merely apparent.
adjective
8.
noting or pertaining to a TV program or film that portrays nonactors interacting or competing with each other in real but contrived situations, allegedly without a script: a popular reality show; reality TV.
Idioms
9.
in reality, in fact or truth; actually: brave in appearance, but in reality a coward.

Origin:
1540–50; < Medieval Latin reālitās. See real1, -ity

antireality, adjective
nonreality, noun, plural nonrealities.
proreality, noun
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reality (rɪˈælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be
2.  something that is real
3.  the state of being real
4.  philosophy
 a.  that which exists, independent of human awareness
 b.  See also conceptualism Compare appearance the totality of facts as they are independent of human awareness of them
5.  in reality actually; in fact

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reality
1550, originally a legal term in the sense of "fixed property," from M.L. realitatem (nom. realitas), from L.L. realis; meaning "real existence" is from 1647.
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reality re·al·i·ty (rē-āl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The quality or state of being actual or true.

  2. The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.

  3. That which exists objectively and in fact.

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Idioms & Phrases

in reality

Actually, in fact, as in He may seem slow to you, but in reality he's very intelligent. [Second half of 1600s]

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