Definition of naturalistic in English:

naturalistic

Line breaks: nat¦ur¦al|is¦tic
Pronunciation: /natʃ(ə)rəˈlɪstɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Derived from or closely imitating real life or nature: a naturalistic rock garden
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    • Discourse analysis of this type involves the transcription and qualitative analysis of speech samples derived from naturalistic speech contexts.
    • By the mid-60s, his works had become more naturalistic, more ornithologically precise, and more topographically accurate.
    • Mumbling, stumbling and uncertain, he managed to combine the theatricality of a great performance with the naturalistic details of finely observed human behaviour.
  • 2Based on the theory of naturalism in art or literature: naturalistic paintings of the city
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    • His early paintings are tenebrist and naturalistic.
    • He returned to Prague in 1920 and in his later work developed a more naturalistic style based on folk art.
    • This motif had already gained currency in the naturalistic representations of Renaissance artists.
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  • 2.1Of or according to the philosophy of naturalism: phenomena once considered supernatural have yielded to naturalistic explanation
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    • Theistic evolution at best includes God as an unnecessary rider in an otherwise purely naturalistic account of life. As such, theistic evolution violates Occam's razor.
    • Historically, the naturalistic fallacy is the attempt to derive normative conclusions from statements of fact.
    • A point of clarification: whenever this post mentions defenders of macro-evolution, it is intended to refer to those who believe in a purely naturalistic process.

Derivatives

naturalistically

adverb
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  • World War II has become mythic in our culture, but it is usually treated naturalistically in plays and films.
  • I think this play could be played very naturalistically, or it could be played in a stylised fashion.
  • What is needed is a collaborative research program that studies family change naturalistically and then moves into the laboratory to more formally test the hypotheses derived from those observations.

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