reality[rē al′ə tē]
- Reality is the quality of being real or true.
An example of reality is a television show about real people doing what they do in their everyday lives.
- the quality or fact of being real
- something that is real; fact
- the quality of being true to life
- Philos. that which is real
Origin of realityMedieval Latin realitas
- The quality or state of being actual or true.
- One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual: “the weight of history and political realities” (Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.)
- The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
- That which exists objectively and in fact: Your observations do not seem to be about reality.
(usually uncountable, plural realities)
- The state of being actual or real.
- The reality of the crash scene on TV dawned upon him only when he saw the victim was no actor but his friend.
- A real entity, event or other fact.
- The ultimate reality of life is that it ends in death.
- The entirety of all that is real.
- An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.
Recorded since 1550 as a legal term in the sense of “fixed property" (compare real estate), from Medieval Latin realitas, from Late Latin realis (“real"); the sense “real existence" is attested from 1647.