from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Imitating or producing the effect or appearance of nature.
  • adj. Of or in accordance with the doctrines of naturalism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the appearance of nature or realism; lifelike or realistic
  • adj. of, or relating to philosophical or methodological naturalism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to the doctrines of naturalism.
  • adj. Closely resembling nature; realistic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with nature; natural; not formal, conventional, or conventionalized; hence, simulating or resembling nature: as, a naturalistic effect of light on the stage.
  • Realistic.
  • Of, pertaining to, or based on naturalism in its philosophical or theological sense.
  • In photography, said of a photograph in which the chief object is slightly out of focus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. representing what is real; not abstract or ideal


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  • Many thinkers of the present day pride themselves upon the growth of what they call the naturalistic spirit.

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  • If you want to see the latest in naturalistic manufacturing, though, check out the Eagle Nebula where the factories are putting out the latest model stars.

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  • The point, however, is that there is a some fact of the matter about whether it is true, but that is not a fact that can be explained in naturalistic terms.

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  • However, the truth maker of Socrates 'belief is different form the truth maker of Nocrates' belief, and this is nothing that can be accounted for in naturalistic terms.

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  • Any appeal to divine intervention to bridge what seem to be otherwise unbridgeable gaps in naturalistic explanations is viewed with great suspicion.

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  • The American controversy over science teaching stems from the interaction of a constitutional peculiarity, namely, the First Amendment, with the seeming absence of metaphysical or theological content in naturalistic theories of evolution.

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  • In this way he imparts poetic substance - in naturalistic poetry far from symbolism - to a fact that has always been denied: the superiority of the American Indian as farmer, as craftsman and worker.

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  • Regarding the interface continuum, you are probably right to place me somewhere along the middle of the cline – everything I’ve written has argued for some kind of CR or noticing or focus on form WITHIN the context of communicative language use – even if only (following Schmidt) it acts to ‘prime’ the learner to notice occurences in naturalistic input, or (following Swain) it encourages active hypothesis testing.

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