Definition of in reality in English:

in reality


  • In actual fact (used to contrast a false idea of what is true or possible with one that is more accurate)

    ‘she had believed she could control these feelings, but in reality that was not so easy’
    • ‘I appreciate that many people go to the movies to escape reality, but in reality there is no escape.’
    • ‘In fact, in reality, the cottage's location turned out to be even better than that!’
    • ‘We like to think our media are free, but in reality they often dance to another's tune.’
    • ‘Initially they may seem excellent to admire but, in reality, some can be of very dubious quality.’
    • ‘They seem so remote, although in reality civilisation is never very far away.’
    • ‘He may be amused by the idea but in reality it would never suit a man with such unabashed ambition.’
    • ‘Interest rates appear to be more affordable than at any previous time, but in reality they are very high.’
    • ‘While this might appear to be a dispute about a material fact, in reality it is not.’
    • ‘It is tempting to suggest nothing has changed, but in reality everything has.’
    • ‘Everyone has their fantasies but in reality very few men actually fulfill them.’
    in fact, in actual fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, actually, really, in truth, if truth be told
    in practice
    in sooth
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