What does realism mean?

Definitions for realismˈri əˌlɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. realism, pragmatism(noun)

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

  2. reality, realness, realism(noun)

    the state of being actual or real

    "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

  3. realism, naive realism(noun)

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

  4. naturalism, realism(noun)

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

  5. Platonism, realism(noun)

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


  1. Realism(n.)

    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.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. ralisme.]


  1. realism(Noun)

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

  2. realism(Noun)

    An artistic representation of reality as it is

  3. realism(Noun)

    The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation

  4. realism(Noun)

    A doctrine that universals are realu2014they exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realism(noun)

    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. Realism(noun)

    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. Realism(noun)

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

  4. Origin: [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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hob Broun:

    Realism...has no more to do with reality than anything else.

  2. Rafael Cestero:

    There has to be some realism in what we expect a government agency to actually do.

  3. Fred Thompson:

    After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.

  4. Honore De Balzac:

    Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work.

  5. Aaron David Miller:

    It’s a perfect storm of isolationism, muscular nationalism, with a dash of pragmatism and realism.

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