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naturalistic

[ nach-er-uh-lis-tik, nach-ruh- ]
/ ˌnætʃ ər əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌnætʃ rə- /
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adjective
imitating nature or the usual natural surroundings.
pertaining to naturalists or natural history.
pertaining to naturalism, especially in literature and art.
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Origin of naturalistic

First recorded in 1830–40; natural + -istic

OTHER WORDS FROM naturalistic

nat·u·ral·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·nat·u·ral·is·tic, adjectivenon·nat·u·ral·is·tic, adjectiveun·nat·u·ral·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for naturalistic

naturalistic
/ (ˌnætʃrəˈlɪstɪk, -tʃərə-) /

adjective
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 factSee Hume's law

Derived forms of naturalistic

naturalistically, adverb
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