re·al1 / ˈrē(ə)l/ • adj. 1. actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed: Julius Caesar was a real person a story drawing on real events her many illnesses, real and imaginary. ∎ used to emphasize the significance or seriousness of a situation or circumstance: there is a real danger of civil war the competitive threat from overseas is very real. ∎ Philos. relating to something as it is, not merely as it may be described or distinguished.2. (of a substance or thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine: the earring was presumably real gold. ∎ true or actual: his real name is James this isn't my real reason for coming. ∎ (of a person or thing) rightly so called; proper: he's my idea of a real man Jamie is my only real friend.3. inf. complete; utter (used for emphasis): the tour turned out to be a real disaster.4. adjusted for changes in the value of money; assessed by purchasing power: real incomes had fallen by 30 percent an increase in real terms of 11.6 percent.5. Math. (of a number or quantity) having no imaginary part. See imaginary.6. Optics (of an image) of a kind in which the light that forms it actually passes through it; not virtual.• adv. inf. really; very: my head hurts real bad.PHRASES: for real inf. used to assert that something is genuine or is actually the case: I'm not playing games—this is for real! ∎ used in questions to express surprise or to question the truth or seriousness of what one has seen or heard: are these guys for real?get real! inf. used to convey that an idea or statement is foolish or overly idealistic: You want teens to have committed sexual relationships? Get real!real live humorous used to emphasize the existence of something, esp. if it is surprising or unusual: a real live detective had been at the factory.real money inf. money in a large or significant amount.the real thing inf. a thing that is absolutely genuine or authentic: you've never been in love before, so how can you be sure this is the real thing?DERIVATIVES: real·ness n.re·al2 / rāˈäl/ • n. (pl. re·als or reis / rāsh; rās/ ) the basic monetary unit of Brazil since 1994, equal to 100 centavos. ∎ (pl. re·a·les / rāˈäles/ or re·als) a former coin and monetary unit of various Spanish-speaking countries.
So reality XVI. — (O)F. or medL. realize, realization XVII. — F. Hence realism XIX, realist XVII, really (-LY2) XV.
real presence in Christian theology, the actual presence of Christ's body and blood in the Eucharistic elements.
Incivil law, relating to a thing (whether movable or immovable), as distinguished from a person. Relating to land, as distinguished frompersonal property. This term is applied to lands, tenements, and hereditaments.