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.

    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.

  2. realitynoun

    A real entity, event or other fact.

    The ultimate reality of life is it ends in death.

    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.

  3. realitynoun

    The entirety of all that is real.

    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.

  4. realitynoun

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

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realitynoun

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

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

  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

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

  3. Realitynoun

    loyalty; devotion

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

  4. Realitynoun

    see 2d Realty, 2

    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  

Suggested Resources

  1. reality

    Song lyrics by reality -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by reality on the Lyrics.com website.

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

How to pronounce reality?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

How to say reality in sign language?

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. Donald Trump:

    The reality is time is of the essence when you're talking about the possibility of a terrorist attack.

  2. Mark Mobius:

    They say they are opening the market, but in reality it is a very, very restricted opening, there are lots of ifs ... nd buts when it comes to actually making direct investments.

  3. New York mayor:

    We have never confronted in recent decades the reality of a war with a government of a large country with an international terror network at its behest, new Yorkers deserve to know that we have entered into a different reality.

  4. Oliver Hudson:

    I think a lot of people survive [divorce], …I think it's a reality, and I think it's up to the parents to make sure that the children are the number-one priority. In my specific situation, it didn't pan out that way. Now, things have sort of gotten back to normal a little bit with my father… actually, because of an Instagram post that I did, that was a little bit crazy, but it actually worked out for us.

  5. Robert Pavlik:

    As day worn on, Trump's comments about North Korea and not having a deal with ZTE just brought people back from yesterday's euphoria into more of a reality that this issue with trade is not going to end as quickly as many had thought, so you're seeing a little bit of giveback.

Images & Illustrations of reality

  1. realityrealityrealityrealityreality

Popularity rank by frequency of use

reality#1#2515#10000

Translations for reality

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for reality »

Translation

Find a translation for the reality definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these reality definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "reality." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 23 Jun 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/reality>.

    Are we missing a good definition for reality? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. wavering
    • B. snap
    • C. tingle
    • D. whitewash

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for reality: