- Realism is a representation of how things really are, or being practical and facing facts.
An example of realism is the rejection of mythical beings.
- a tendency to face facts and be practical rather than imaginative or visionary
- the picturing in art and literature of people and things as they really appear to be, without idealizing
- the doctrine that universal or abstract terms are objectively actual
- the doctrine that material objects exist in themselves, apart from the mind's consciousness of them
Origin of realism; from German realismus ; from Modern Latin ; from Medieval Latin realis, real + -ismus, -ism
- An inclination toward literal truth and pragmatism.
- The representation in art or literature of objects, actions, or social conditions as they actually are, without idealization or presentation in abstract form.
- Philosophy a. The scholastic doctrine, opposed to nominalism, that universals exist independently of their being thought.b. The modern philosophical doctrine, opposed to idealism, that physical objects exist independently of their being perceived.
(countable and uncountable, plural realisms)
- A concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary
- An artistic representation of reality as it is
- (sciences) The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation
- (philosophy) A doctrine that universals are real—they exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them
- (doctrine concerning universals): nominalism
- mailers, Raëlism