[circa 1540] From French réalité (“quality of being real”), from Middle French realité (“property, possession”), from Medieval Latin reālitās, from Late Latin reālis (“real”), equivalent to real + -ity. Recorded since 1550 as a legal term in the sense of “fixed property” (compare real estate, realty); the sense “real existence” is attested from 1647.
- 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.
- 1712 February 13, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “SATURDAY, February 2, 1711–1712 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 291; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume III, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
- A man very often fancies that he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning.
- 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828:
- As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, […]. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. […] I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
- 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19:
- It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today […].
- A real entity, event or other fact.
- The ultimate reality of life is that it ends in death.
- 1770, James Beattie, Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth
- My neck, Sir, may be an idea to you, but to me it is a reality.
- 2005 October 25, European Court of Human Rights, Wypych v. Poland, number 2428/05:
- Given the economic realities of contemporary Poland, a requirement to provide information on movable assets which exceed PLN 10,000 in value cannot be held to be excessive.
- The entirety of all that is real.
- An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.
- (obsolete) Loyalty; devotion.
- (law, obsolete) Realty; real estate.
- absolute reality
- augmented reality
- bite of the reality sandwich
- consensus reality
- in reality
- mixed reality
- reality challenged
- reality check
- reality distortion field
- reality pornography
- reality principle
- reality show
- reality television
- reality testing
- reality therapy
- reality TV
- real reality
- virtual reality
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