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[nach-er-uh-lis-tik, nach-ruh-] /ˌnætʃ ər əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌnætʃ rə-/
imitating nature or the usual natural surroundings.
pertaining to naturalists or natural history.
pertaining to naturalism, especially in literature and art.
Origin of naturalistic
First recorded in 1830-40; natural + -istic
Related forms
naturalistically, adverb
antinaturalistic, adjective
nonnaturalistic, adjective
unnaturalistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was naturalistic, in the sense that it turned against the dominant supernaturalistic interest.

  • Such is the naturalistic point of view which we have adopted.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • The sculpture introduced is, as a rule, naturalistic rather than conventional.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • It is a mistake in embroidery design to be too naturalistic.

  • It seemed, however, as if there was one fatal exception to the scheme of naturalistic optimism.

    History of Modern Philosophy Alfred William Benn
  • No answer, on the basis of naturalistic presuppositions, has yet been given.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • I permitted him to gorge himself, though my patience and naturalistic interest were sorely tried.

    How I Found Livingstone Henry M. Stanley
British Dictionary definitions for naturalistic


/ˌnætʃrəˈlɪstɪk; -tʃərə-/
of, imitating, or reproducing nature in effect or characteristics
of or characteristic of naturalism, esp in art or literature
of or relating to naturalists
(of an ethical theory) permitting the inference of ethical judgments from statements of nonethical fact See Hume's law
Derived Forms
naturalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for naturalistic

1840, in reference to the doctrine of naturalism; from natural + -istic. From 1849 as "aiming for realism."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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