What does Realism mean?

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ˈri əˌlɪz əmRe·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. realism, pragmatismnoun

    the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth

  2. reality, realness, realismnoun

    the state of being actual or real

    "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

  3. realism, naive realismnoun

    (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived

  4. naturalism, realismnoun

    an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description

  5. Platonism, realismnoun

    (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names


  1. Realismnoun

    the practise of assessing facts and the probabilities of the consequences of actions in an objective manner; avoidance of unrealistic or impractical beliefs or efforts. Contrasted to idealism, self-deception, overoptimism, overimaginativeness, or visionariness.


  1. realismnoun

    A concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary

  2. realismnoun

    An artistic representation of reality as it is

  3. realismnoun

    The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation

  4. realismnoun

    A doctrine that universals are realthey exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realismnoun

    as opposed to nominalism, the doctrine that genera and species are real things or entities, existing independently of our conceptions. According to realism the Universal exists ante rem (Plato), or in re (Aristotle)

  2. Realismnoun

    as opposed to idealism, the doctrine that in sense perception there is an immediate cognition of the external object, and our knowledge of it is not mediate and representative

  3. Realismnoun

    fidelity to nature or to real life; representation without idealization, and making no appeal to the imagination; adherence to the actual fact

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. ralisme.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Realism

    as opposed to Nominalism, is the belief that general terms denote real things and are not mere names or answerable to the mere conception of them, and as opposed to idealism, is in philosophy the belief that we have an immediate cognition of things external to us, and that they are as they seem. In art and literature it is the tendency to conceive and represent things as they are, however unsightly and immoral they may be, without any respect to the beautiful, the true, or the good. In Ruskin's teaching mere realism is not art; according to him art is concerned with the rendering and portrayal of ideals.

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  1. mailers, Raëlism

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Realism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Realism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Realism in a Sentence

  1. Maya MacGuineas:

    The only thing I would say that people should not consider is the rigid belief that you can do this without touching taxes or without fixing our biggest programs, like Social Security, Medicare, because that's just a sign of a lack of realism.

  2. Dimitris Papadimoulis:

    If the lenders show the same realism that the Greek government and the Greek Prime Minister is showing, then we can have a deal in principle by Friday or before Friday.

  3. Todd Stern:

    It is not going to be easy - I have no illusions about that - but we are not in the same place we were in eight or nine months before Copenhagen, there is a greater level of convergence on some very important issues, and there is a greater measure of realism with respect to what needs to happen to get a deal.

  4. Kamakshya Trivedi:

    The pace of implementing reforms has indeed been more disappointing than we or the market consensus had hoped, but a bit of realism is necessary.

  5. Walter LaFeber:

    [H]is foreign policy displayed a realism, a careful calculation of forces and… diplomatic finesse…. Stalin’s priority was not world revolution but, once again, Russian security and his own personal power. (Feber, 1993, p. 22 of America, Russia and the Cold War 1945-1992.)

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