What does realism mean?

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ˈri əˌlɪz əmre·al·ism

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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.

    Etymology: [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)

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ralisme.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ralisme.]

  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

    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. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Sweet blonde. Sadistic beauty teasing. Lyrical romance in your image. You are so beautiful that I feel nothing but love. I am drowning in the pleasure of love feelings being next to you. You are so beautiful that I have multiple throbbing dry orgasms. You are my sweet passion. I am so pleasant and sweet to my lips and tongue and even hands. Wonderful realism of true beauty. Your looks are so sweet and sweet. It's so beautiful that I start to moan with pleasure and breathe heavily from love. A harshly arousing complexion, so sweet and savory. You are sweet temptation. There is so much passion in me, well, just heat. My brains are turned off away from delight. Impossible to be saturated with the inspiring aesthetics of your infinitely beautiful body, shining in all shades of gold. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    I feel that we will continue to have a non-violent movement, and we will continue to find the vast majority of Negroes committed to non-violence, at least as the best tactical approach and from a pragmatic point of view as the best strategy in dealing with the problem of racial injustice. Realism impels me to admit, however, that when there is justice and the pursuit of justice, violence appears, and where there is injustice and frustration, the potentialities for violence are greater, and I would like to strongly stress the point that the more we can achieve victories through non-violence, the more it will be possible to keep the non-violent discipline at the center of the movement. But the more we find individuals facing conditions of frustration, conditions of disappointment and seething despair as a result of the slow pace of things and the failure to change conditions, the more it will be possible for the apostles of violence to interfere.

  5. 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.

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