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nat·u·ral·is·tic / ˌnachərəˈlistik/ • adj. 1. derived from real life or nature, or imitating it very closely: verbatim records of children's speech in naturalistic settings.2. based on the theory of naturalism in art or literature: naturalistic paintings of the city. ∎  of or according to the philosophy of naturalism: phenomena once considered supernatural have yielded to naturalistic explanation.DERIVATIVES: nat·u·ral·is·ti·cal·ly adv.