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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for naturalistically

Historical Examples

  • While the beetle form was naturalistically treated, the flat surface underneath was well adapted to receive a hieroglyphic sign.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5


  • The Egyptian scarab, on its rounded side, had been naturalistically carved in relief in beetle form.

British Dictionary definitions for naturalistically


  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 naturalistically



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

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