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Noun: realism  'ree-u,li-zum
  1. The attribute of accepting the facts of life and favouring practicality and literal truth
    - pragmatism
  2. The state of being actual or real
    - reality, realness
  3. (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived
    - naive realism
  4. An artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description
    - naturalism
  5. (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names
    - Platonism

Derived forms: realisms

See also: existent, real, unreal

Type of: actuality, art movement, artistic movement, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, practicality

Encyclopedia: Realism, Nominalism, Conceptualism