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, reality(noun)

    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, realism(noun)

    the state of being actual or real

    "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

  3. reality(noun)

    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. reality(noun)

    the quality possessed by something that is real

Wiktionary

  1. reality(Noun)

    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. reality(Noun)

    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. reality(Noun)

    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. reality(Noun)

    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. Reality(noun)

    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. Reality(noun)

    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. Reality(noun)

    loyalty; devotion

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

  4. Reality(noun)

    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  

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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

How to pronounce reality?

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How to say reality in sign language?

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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. Melanie Gaydos:

    A lot of people treat me differently, as though I was mentally challenged or inferior to them. In reality ectodermal dysplasia is a physical condition.

  2. Ursala Lequin:

    To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past Therefore it is to deny the hope of a real future....

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    I do not know what the reality is, but I do know we will remain, the stranger each other if we do not introduce ourselves.

  4. Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

    That's the reality on the ground, because the countries bordering round the Mediterranean -- they do not want these people no matter what the cost.

  5. H.W. Mann:

    Reality cannot be experienced with the intellect, because the intellect can only think thoughts about reality

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