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[nach-er-uh-lis-tik, nach-ruh-] /ˌnætʃ ər əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌnætʃ rə-/
imitating nature or the usual natural surroundings.
pertaining to naturalists or natural history.
pertaining to naturalism, especially in literature and art.
Origin of naturalistic
1830-40; natural + -istic
Related forms
naturalistically, adverb
antinaturalistic, adjective
nonnaturalistic, adjective
unnaturalistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for naturalistic
  • It was this tradition, not new but novel, which evolved into the present naturalistic method of acting.
  • The treatment of this scene, or of any other scene in the play, should by no means be naturalistic.
  • Huge boulders were artfully arranged to create the naturalistic scene.
  • The naturalistic fallacy is thereby reduced to the naturalistic problem.
  • Nonetheless, only some of all that fiction can be called wholly naturalistic.
  • He draws out the play's emotional and intellectual content by removing it from its naturalistic fustiness.
  • The trap is the naturalistic fallacy of ethics, which uncritically concludes that what is, should be.
  • Though the effect seems naturalistic, it is the result of artful contrivance.
  • In fact all of science is founded on realities for which there is absolutely no naturalistic answer.
  • More naturalistic evidence for this phenomenon has been much harder to come by.
British Dictionary definitions for naturalistic


/ˌnætʃrəˈlɪstɪk; -tʃərə-/
of, imitating, or reproducing nature in effect or characteristics
of or characteristic of naturalism, esp in art or literature
of or relating to naturalists
(of an ethical theory) permitting the inference of ethical judgments from statements of nonethical fact See Hume's law
Derived Forms
naturalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for naturalistic

1840, in reference to the doctrine of naturalism; from natural + -istic. From 1849 as "aiming for realism."

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