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realismnoun [U]

uk   /ˈrɪə.lɪ.zəm/  us   /ˈriː.ə-/
  • realism noun [U] (THOUGHT)

a way of ​thinking and ​actingbased on ​facts and what is ​possible, ​rather than on ​hopes for things that are ​unlikely to ​happen: His ​decision not to ​expand the ​businessshows his ​down-to-earth realism.
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specialized science, social science in ​science and philosophy, the ​belief that ​objectscontinue to ​exist in the ​worldeven when no one is there to ​see them
  • realism noun [U] (ART)

specialized art, literature, theatre & film paintings, ​films, ​books, etc. that ​try to ​representlife as it really is: The ​director used ​handheldcameratechniques to ​add to the gritty realism of the ​film.
(Definition of realism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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realismnoun [U]

 us   /ˈri·əˌlɪz·əm/
a ​tendency to ​accept and ​deal with ​people and ​situations as they are
literature Realism is also a ​style of writing, ​art, or ​film that ​shows things as they are in ​life.
(Definition of realism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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