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  • n. Life outside of a contrived or fantastical environment; often used in comparison to events depicted in drama.
  • n. Life outside the Internet.
  • n. Pressing day-to-day commitments: real life intervened.
  • adj. Not fictional; actually happening or capable of happening.

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

  • n. the practical world as opposed to the academic world


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  • In real life a generation later, Monica Lewinsky told a grand jury that when the president called her from the Oval Office, the word Potus would appear on her caller ID.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • She felt strangely only half-present, as if she were not heading home but had left her real life behind in Lahaina.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • An absolutely centripetal and harmonious group, a pure “unification” “V ereinigung”, not only is empirically unreal, it could show no real life process.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations

  • It is only in the old Sunday-School stories that Providence punishes wrongdoing with such commendable swiftness, and causes the naughty boy who goes skating on Sunday to drown forthwith; in real life the "mills of God grind slowly."

    Theodore Roosevelt An Intimate Biography

  • There will be a fabulous sound track and great production design, and, despite my cynicism, I will allow myself, for a ten-dollar ticket, to take a giddy two-hour break, to drop and cover from real life and all the present-day crashings and bombings and viruses and lies.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • It is from this incident of real life and personal experience that Mrs. Stowe conceived the thrilling episode of the fugitives 'escape from Tom Loker and Marks in “Uncle Tom's Cabin.”

    The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Billy Farrell/BFA Jeff Bridges performs with T Bone Burnett In actuality, this was one of those really special nights that you wish all your friends could experience, if not in real life than at least on television.

    Making Peace in Malibu

  • Bright college years must pass at last, and soon after his graduation he returned to Indianapolis to engage in his real life work, which his inability to take himself with absolute seriousness makes him describe as "fussin 'with literachoor."


  • We try to pretend there is hope, but our hearts are dead, and we can only pray that someday there will be real life for Ivan and Zosha, but we know there can be none for us.

    The Black Mountain

  • And discussing college or the future or anything that involved a discussion of my life—the real life that would start post-Milton—was the equivalent of discussing my coochie, if I were to continue with that metaphor.

    Kiss It


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