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naturalistic

[nach-er-uh-lis-tik, nach-ruh-]
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  1. imitating nature or the usual natural surroundings.
  2. pertaining to naturalists or natural history.
  3. pertaining to naturalism, especially in literature and art.
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Origin of naturalistic

First recorded in 1830–40; natural + -istic
Related formsnat·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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naturalistic

adjective
  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 factSee Hume's law
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Derived Formsnaturalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for naturalistic

adj.

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

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