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[ nach-er-uh-lis-tik, nach-ruh- ]


  1. imitating nature or the usual natural surroundings.
  2. pertaining to naturalists or natural history.
  3. pertaining to naturalism, especially in literature and art.


/ ˌnætʃrəˈlɪstɪk; -tʃərə- /


  1. of, imitating, or reproducing nature in effect or characteristics
  2. of or characteristic of naturalism, esp in art or literature
  3. of or relating to naturalists
  4. (of an ethical theory) permitting the inference of ethical judgments from statements of nonethical fact See Hume's law
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˌnaturalˈistically, adverb
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Other Words From

  • natu·ral·isti·cal·ly adverb
  • anti·natu·ral·istic adjective
  • nonnat·u·ral·istic adjective
  • unnat·u·ral·istic adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of naturalistic1

First recorded in 1830–40; natural + -istic
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Example Sentences

The report, titled “A model for naturalistic glance behavior around Tesla Autopilot disengagements,” has been following Tesla Model S and X owners during their daily routine for periods of a year or more throughout the greater Boston area.

It could be a hybrid literary genre, Lawrence demonstrated, one that seamlessly mixes closely observed, naturalistic details with the kind of inward reflections found in essays and memoirs.

If you want a more naturalistic sound, it might be worth looking at condenser mics.

So video scenarios that we filmed with professional paid actors in naturalistic settings based on data from police-citizen interactions.

Because that would be sort of a naturalistic way to see whether having had this treatment really makes it easier for them to understand and cope with what’s going on.

He said many of them had trouble making the transition from stage realism to the more naturalistic demands of the screen.

He [Olivier] filled the screen quite easily and still remained naturalistic.

It was more about the way art looked: it should be as naturalistic as possible, and be made by Teutonic or Scandinavian artists.

The Immigrant is far from a conventionally naturalistic historical film.

Willimon cannily structures the episodes of House of Cards in a more naturalistic fashion than traditional television.

And the colour, too, like the drawing, is of a naturalistic strength to which he never again attained.

Perhaps it was Plutarch's naturalistic theory of imitation in poetry which led him to compare poetry with painting.

Orthodox Christians earnestly contend that this naturalistic doctrine makes for immorality.

Thought is not made free by the mere substitution of naturalistic for theological dogma.

Chinese design shows naturalistic art arrested and perpetuated on totally different principles.





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