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imitating or the usual surroundings.
pertaining to or .
pertaining to , especially in literature and art.
Contemporary Examples

“I wanted to present a more realistic, naturalistic Peter Parker,” he said.
‘Spider-Man’ Sneak Preview: Spidey Gets Adorkable Chris Lee February 6, 2012

Wicca is a naturalistic religion whose followers generally worship a pantheistic Godhead and practice magic.
Witches Blast O’Donnell Ben Crair September 19, 2010

It was more about the way art looked: it should be as naturalistic as possible, and be made by Teutonic or Scandinavian artists.
Nazi Art Hoard Just the Tip of the Iceberg for Lost Art Noah Charney November 12, 2013

Historical Examples

It was naturalistic, in the sense that it turned against the dominant supernaturalistic interest.
Democracy and Education John Dewey

It is a mistake in embroidery design to be too naturalistic.
Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving Grace Christie

The sculpture introduced is, as a rule, naturalistic rather than conventional.
Architecture Thomas Roger Smith

Such is the naturalistic point of view which we have adopted.
The Sense of Beauty George Santayana

It seemed, however, as if there was one fatal exception to the scheme of naturalistic optimism.
History of Modern Philosophy Alfred William Benn

No answer, on the basis of naturalistic presuppositions, has yet been given.
The Origin of Paul’s Religion J. Gresham Machen

I permitted him to gorge himself, though my patience and naturalistic interest were sorely tried.
How I Found Livingstone Henry M. Stanley

of, imitating, or reproducing nature in effect or characteristics
of or characteristic of naturalism, esp in art or literature
of or relating to naturalists
(of an ethical theory) permitting the inference of ethical judgments from statements of nonethical fact See Hume’s law

1840, in reference to the doctrine of naturalism; from natural + -istic. From 1849 as “aiming for realism.”


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