from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being actual or true.
- n. One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual: "the weight of history and political realities” ( Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.)
- n. The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
- n. That which exists objectively and in fact: Your observations do not seem to be about reality.
- adj. Relating to or being a genre of television or film in which a storyline is created by editing footage of people interacting or competing with one another in unscripted, unrehearsed situations.
- idiom in reality In fact; actually.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being actual or real.
- n. A real entity, event or other fact.
- n. The entirety of all that is real.
- n. An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.
- n. loyalty; devotion
- n. realty; real estate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being real; actual being or existence of anything, in distinction from mere appearance; fact.
- n. 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.
- n. Loyalty; devotion.
- n. See 2d Realty, 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The being real; truth as it is in the thing; objective validity; independence of the attributions of individual thought; positively determinate being.
- n. That which is real or genuine; something that really is or exists, as opposed to what is imagined or pretended; an essential verity or entity, either in fact or in representation.
- n. In law, same as realty.
- n. Synonyms and Verity (see real). Reality means that a thing certainly is; truth applies to the correctness of what is said or believed about the thing, the conformity of such report or belief to reality. The reality of a danger; the actuality of the arrival of help; the truth about the matter.
- n. Same as realty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being actual or real
- n. the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be
- n. the quality possessed by something that is real
- n. all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
Recorded since 1550 as a legal term in the sense of “fixed property” (compare real estate), from Medieval Latin realitas, from Late Latin realis ("real"); the sense “real existence” is attested from 1647. (Wiktionary)