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REALISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does realism mean? 

REALISM (noun)
  The noun REALISM has 5 senses:

1. the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
2. (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived
3. the state of being actual or real
4. an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description
5. (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names

  Familiarity information: REALISM used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REALISM (noun)


Sense 1realism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

realism; pragmatism

Hypernyms ("realism" is a kind of...):

practicality (concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities)


Sense 2realism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

naive realism; realism

Hypernyms ("realism" is a kind of...):

philosophical doctrine; philosophical theory (a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy)

Domain category:

philosophy (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)


Sense 3realism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being actual or real

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

realness; reality; realism

Context example:

the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him

Hypernyms ("realism" is a kind of...):

actuality (the state of actually existing objectively)

Attribute:

existent; real (being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory)

unreal (lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "realism"):

fact (an event known to have happened or something known to have existed)


Sense 4realism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

naturalism; realism

Hypernyms ("realism" is a kind of...):

art movement; artistic movement (a group of artists who agree on general principles)


Sense 5realism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

Platonism; realism

Hypernyms ("realism" is a kind of...):

philosophical doctrine; philosophical theory (a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy)

Domain category:

philosophy (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)


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