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real world

[ree-uh l, reel]
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  1. the realm of practical or actual experience, as opposed to the abstract, theoretical, or idealized sphere of the classroom, laboratory, etc.: recent college graduates looking for jobs in the real world of rising unemployment.
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Origin of real world

First recorded in 1960–65
Related formsreal-world, adjective
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