What does reality mean?

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

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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


  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.


  1. Reality

    Reality is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in October 2011 as the fifth and final single from his 2010 album Hemingway's Whiskey. The song became Chesney's twenty-first number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in early 2012. Chesney wrote this song with Brett James.


  1. reality

    Reality refers to the state or quality of being real or existing objectively, as perceived through one's senses, experiences, and observations. It encompasses everything that is tangible, factual, and true, including the physical world, events, objects, and the experiences and perceptions of individuals. It represents the actuality of things as they are, distinct from ideas, beliefs, fantasies, or imagined concepts. Reality is often considered to be independent of personal interpretation or subjective opinions, as it is rooted in facts, evidence, and the physical laws that govern the universe.

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.]


  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. realitynoun

    0.) Actions in the matter of the second note of a major scale assimilated before history's formation of nouns chiefly denoting quality or condition in instant degree. 1.) The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. 2.) The state or quality of having existence or substance. 3.) Used to assert that the truth of a matter is not what one would think or expect. 4.) A thing that is actually experienced or seen.

    Reality presumes facts that will be studied to honor or delete from the actions of God given life.

    Etymology: Energy in matter

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 13, 2023  

  2. 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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  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. Greg Foran:

    The reality is over the last probably four years it hasn't been enough.

  2. H.W. Mann:

    We have evolved to this point. All is as it should be. But it is time to wake up, to gain consciousness, to learn and to adapt, to evolve, to move into a much larger reality. It is time to collectively wake up, to move out of the collective sub conscious and into collective consciousness. It is time to complete the collective mind.

  3. Polina Diyachkina:

    I think the final energy mix plan will be a bit less nuclear, a bit more alternatives, to create a compromise, the reality is that the reliance on thermal power generation will remain quite high.

  4. Christopher Samuda:

    Once there is, in reality, the management of the virus to the extent that it does not pose a risk to the Games going on, certainly the Jamaican position is that we must prepare for the Games and we must support all efforts for it to go on.

  5. Xavier Dolan:

    I'm like,' Guys, get over it. It doesn't matter,' but the real explanation is that I never like filming modern phones or cars. They're so implanted in our lives that when you see them in movies, you're reminded you're in reality.

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