irreal (comparative more irreal, superlative most irreal)

  1. (philosophy) Intangible; having no concrete existence.
    • 2012, T. Dant, Television and the Moral Imaginary: Society through the Small Screen, →ISBN:
      'Irreal' objects draw on our previous sensual experience but have never existed; they are created through the spontaneous intentional operations of the imagination.
    • 2013, J. Mensch, The Question of Being in Husserl’s Logical Investigations, →ISBN, page 8:
      It is a shift to the ego conceived as irreal, as non-worldly.
    • 2014, J. Pike, ‎P. Kelly, The Moral Geographies of Children, Young People and Food, →ISBN:
      The irreal spatiality of school dining rooms, including such things as décor, furnishings, modes of ordering, manner of queuing, ambience, 'feel', can also, as we have seen, actively limit these governmental ambitions.
    • 2015, Sarah Pink, Doing Sensory Ethnography, →ISBN:
      It is impossible to directly access the imaginations of others, to know precisely if and how an imagined 'irreal' future is felt by an individual or shared by a 'collective', or to know if one has shared it oneself.




irreal m or f (plural irreais, comparable)

  1. unreal (not real)




irreal (plural irreales)

  1. unreal
  2. fantastic