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realism

noun [U] (THOUGHT)    /ˈrɪə.lɪ.zəm/ US  /ˈriː.ə-/
a way of thinking and acting based on facts and what is possible, rather than on hopes for things that are unlikely to happen: His decision not to expand the business shows his down-to-earth realism. → Compare idealismWise and sensible specialized science, social science in science and philosophy, the belief that objects continue to exist in the world even when no one is there to see themPhilosophy
(Definition of realism noun (THOUGHT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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