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real

adjective (NOT IMAGINARY)    /rɪəl/ US  /riː.əl/
A2 existing in fact and not imaginary : Assuring the patient that she has a real and not imaginary problem is the first step . There is a very real threat that he will lose his job .True, real, false, and unreal real earnings, income, etc. the value of earnings , etc. after the effect of rising prices is considered : Wages rose by 2.9 percent last year , but real earnings still fell by 1.3 percent .Earning money and money earned in real terms existing in fact , despite what appears to be the situation : Average earnings rose five percent in real terms after deducting income tax .True, real, false, and unreal
(Definition of real adjective (NOT IMAGINARY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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