noun, plural re·al·i·ties for 3, 5–7.
- something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
- something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
Examples from the Web for reality
But if Democrats are faced with the reality of a glut of qualified candidates, Republicans are assembling more of a fantasy team.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That is a reality that still eats at Grace Castro and Yvonne Lozoya.
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.
He was a dreamer, an idealist, grounded in the reality he observed around him.
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Only it is myself who make the answers, and they are not half so182 sweet as they would be in reality.The Eternal City|Hall Caine
Liberty commensurate and identical with Order,—this is the only reality of government and politics.Anarchism and Socialism|George Plechanoff
Take as examples the poems Elvire (which is in reality addressed to Graziella) and Sapho.
It is therefore this friction, or what is so termed here, which makes that which appears easy in War difficult in reality.On War|Carl von Clausewitz
It is a new construction of reality which may serve either as subject or as predicate in future judgments.Studies in Logical Theory|John Dewey
British Dictionary definitions for reality
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for 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.