Meaning of “the real world” in the English Dictionary

"the real world" in British English

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the real worldnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌrɪəl ˈwɜːld/ us /ˌriː.əl ˈwɝːld/

happening in the world or in someone's life rather than in a book, in the imagination, on the internet, etc.:

the relevance of algebra to real-world problem solving
If only you could protect your real-world mailbox from junk mail.
The dramatic portrayal of a nuclear accident in The China Syndrome (1979) was followed by a real-world accident at Three Mile Island.

(Definition of “the real world” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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