What does reality mean?

Definitions for reality
riˈæl ɪ tire·al·i·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reality.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. world, realitynoun

    all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you

    "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"

  2. reality, realness, realismnoun

    the state of being actual or real

    "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

  3. realitynoun

    the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be

    "businessmen have to face harsh realities"

  4. realitynoun

    the quality possessed by something that is real

Wiktionary

  1. realitynoun

    The state of being actual or real.

    The reality of the crash scene on TV dawned upon him only when he saw the victim was no actor but his friend.

  2. realitynoun

    A real entity, event or other fact.

    The ultimate reality of life is it ends in death.

  3. realitynoun

    The entirety of all that is real.

  4. realitynoun

    An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.

  5. Etymology: Recorded since 1550, originally a legal term in the sense of "fixed property" (compare real estate), from Medieval Latin realitas, from Late Latin realis 'real'; meaning "real existence" is from 1647.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Realitynoun

    Etymology: realité, Fr. from real.

    I would have them well versed in the Greek and Latin poets, without which a man fancies that he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 291.

    The best accounts of the appearances of nature in any single instance human penetration can reach, comes infinitely short of its reality and internal constitution; for who can search out the Almighty’s works to perfection? George Cheyne.

    Of that skill the more thou know’st,
    The more she will acknowledge thee her head,
    And to realities yield all her shows,
    Made so adorn for thy delight the more. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realitynoun

    the state or quality of being real; actual being or existence of anything, in distinction from mere appearance; fact

  2. Realitynoun

    that which is real; an actual existence; that which is not imagination, fiction, or pretense; that which has objective existence, and is not merely an idea

  3. Realitynoun

    loyalty; devotion

  4. Realitynoun

    see 2d Realty, 2

  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. ralit, LL. realitas. See 3d Real, and cf. 2d Realty.]

Freebase

  1. Reality

    Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist. Philosophers, mathematicians, and other ancient and modern thinkers, such as Aristotle, Plato, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Russell, have made a distinction between thought corresponding to reality, coherent abstractions, and that which cannot even be rationally thought. By contrast existence is often restricted solely to that which has physical existence or has a direct basis in it in the way that thoughts do in the brain. Reality is often contrasted with what is imaginary, delusional, in the mind, dreams, what is false, what is fictional, or what is abstract. At the same time, what is abstract plays a role both in everyday life and in academic research. For instance, causality, virtue, life and distributive justice are abstract concepts that can be difficult to define, but they are only rarely equalled with pure delusions. Both the existence and reality of abstractions is in dispute: one extreme position regard them as mere words, another position regard them as higher truths than less abstract concepts. This disagreement is the basis of the philosophical Problem of universals.

Editors Contribution

  1. reality

    Our perception of what is real.

    Our sense of reality is a facet of our life and how we perceive our lives.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reality' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1586

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reality' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2558

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reality' in Nouns Frequency: #640

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reality in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of reality in a Sentence

  1. Jerry Garcia:

    It's pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness.

  2. Hasan Minhaj:

    When in reality there's times where we have our own blind spots and biases and there's times where all the characters are wrong or right in their own ways, i love that. Because so much of the news is talking about black and white binaries, this series really dives into the human nuances of behind these zeitgeisty issues.

  3. Migrant Rights Director Steve Valdez-Symonds:

    Sending people to another country -- let alone one with such a dismal human rights record -- for asylum' processing' is the very height of irresponsibility and shows how far removed from humanity and reality the Government now is on asylum issues.

  4. Florida Scott-Maxwell:

    You need only claim the event of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.

  5. Steve Boxer:

    We're going to find out what's good and bad about virtual reality in the months and years to come, personally I don't want to have to sit there wearing a virtual reality helmet for more than 20 minutes.

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