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REALITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reality mean? 

REALITY (noun)
  The noun REALITY has 4 senses:

1. all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
2. the state of being actual or real
3. the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be
4. the quality possessed by something that is real

  Familiarity information: REALITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REALITY (noun)


Sense 1reality [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

All of your experiences that determine how things appear to you

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

reality; world

Context examples:

his world was shattered / we live in different worlds / for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were

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

experience (the content of direct observation or participation in an event)

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

real life; real world (the practical world as opposed to the academic world)


Sense 2reality [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 ("reality" 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 "reality"):

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

Antonym:

unreality (the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact)


Sense 3reality [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

businessmen have to face harsh realities

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

actuality (the state of actually existing objectively)

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

historicalness (the state of having in fact existed in the past)


Sense 4reality [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality possessed by something that is real

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

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

corporality; corporeality; materiality; physicalness (the quality of being physical; consisting of matter)

Antonym:

unreality (the quality possessed by something that is unreal)


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