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

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.

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. Natalie Grace Smith:

    Programming is your spirit, software is your mind, hardware is your body and your physical reality.

  2. Miquita Price:

    It's one of the scariest feelings, i think this is all like a nightmare. I don't believe this is reality right now.

  3. Alexander Stubb:

    In an ideal world we want to cooperate with Russia, which we can not escape being our geographical neighbor. But we also know from history that the greatest realistic threat to our national security is Russia. Over time, the reality that Russia is willing to create greater chaos in our region has become even clearer, so joining NATO becomes the pragmatic option.

  4. Joan Laporta:

    Leo wanted to stay, so he is not happy, we all wanted him to stay. But for him right now it’s a situation in which he has to confront reality. It's a reality that can't be changed. I wish him the best wherever he goes.

  5. Greg Walden:

    Facts are facts and fiction is fiction. And a lie doesn't become truth just because it appears on the front page of the newspaper, much of what has been targeted towards me and my team, has been half-truths, or at best stories that have been so twisted they do not resemble reality.

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