[ nach-er-uh-lis-tik, nach-ruh- ]
/ ˌnætʃ ər əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌnætʃ rə- /


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

Nearby words

  1. natural wastage,
  2. natural-born,
  3. naturalise,
  4. naturalism,
  5. naturalist,
  6. naturalistic fallacy,
  7. naturality,
  8. naturalization,
  9. naturalize,
  10. naturalized

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-naturalistic


/ (ˌnætʃrəˈlɪstɪk, -tʃərə-) /


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 Formsnaturalistically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-naturalistic



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

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