Reality-check definition

An assessment to determine if one's circumstances or expectations conform to reality.
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Reality check is defined as a statement or action that helps you see what is really happening or possible.

An example of a reality check is wanting a brand new car, but then looking at your bank account.

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An instance of confronting or acknowledging the facts about something and thus dispelling unrealistic notions.
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A check or review to make sure something is consistent, reasonable, etc.

Make sure to do a reality check on the idea before releasing it.

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(idiomatic) A wake-up call, reminder.

That kid needs a reality check before he fails or drops out.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
reality-check
Plural:
reality checks