[ ree-al-i-tee ]
/ riˈæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural re·al·i·ties for 3, 5–7.


noting or pertaining to a TV program or film that portrays nonactors interacting or competing with each other in real but contrived situations, allegedly without a script: a popular reality show; reality TV.


    in reality, in fact or truth; actually: brave in appearance, but in reality a coward.

Origin of reality

From the Medieval Latin word reālitās, dating back to 1540–50. See real1, -ity
Related formsan·ti·re·al·i·ty, adjectivenon·re·al·i·ty, noun, plural non·re·al·i··re·al·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-reality

  • And, further, it seems exceedingly difficult to understand in what way a non-reality can be present to the mind at all.

    The Problem of Truth|H. Wildon Carr
  • No two human beings think alike; hence there may be conflicting opinions as to the reality or non-reality of this present world.

    The Sorrows of Satan|Marie Corelli
  • The dispute as to the reality or non-reality of thought which separates itself, "the praxis," is a purely scholastic question.

  • I have never yet seen one who straightway achieved the vision of non-Reality.

    Zen Buddhism|Arthur Waley

British Dictionary definitions for non-reality


/ (rɪˈælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be
something that is real
the state of being real
  1. that which exists, independent of human awareness
  2. the totality of facts as they are independent of human awareness of themSee also conceptualism Compare appearance (def. 6)
in reality actually; in fact
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Word Origin and History for non-reality



1540s, "quality of being real," from French réalité and directly Medieval Latin realitatem (nominative realitas), from Late Latin realis (see real (adj.)). Meaning "real existence, all that is real" is from 1640s; that of "the real state (of something)" is from 1680s. Sometimes 17c.-18c. also meaning "sincerity." Reality-based attested from 1960. Reality television from 1991.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for non-reality


[ rē-ălĭ-tē ]


The quality or state of being actual or true.
The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
That which exists objectively and in fact.
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