Definition of naturalistic in English:

naturalistic

adjective

  • 1Derived from or closely imitating real life or nature:

    ‘a naturalistic rock garden’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was he who first realized that mundane daily life, relayed in completely naturalistic language, contained within it all the ingredients of tragedy.’
    • ‘The little River Quaggy has been liberated from decades of confinement in a concrete culvert and given a new naturalistic course; a home for wildlife and a delight for people.’
    • ‘It is also a learning process for the nearby Academy, which has just a few years to work out how to cope with the huge implications of dealing with a new cohort of pupils who have been learning a language in a naturalistic way for seven years.’
    • ‘Clucking the tongue is a good example, but there are plenty of others - kissing, spitting or slurping noises, for example, or naturalistic imitations of animal sounds.’
    • ‘New York's Bronx Zoo, one of the greatest and a pioneer of naturalistic wildlife habitats in zoo-keeping, helped save the bison early last century.’
    • ‘More naturalistic are the latest mosaic ‘pebble ‘tiles, popular for contemporary bathrooms as a floor and wall covering.’’
    • ‘In the past, many Yoruba treated the naturalistic representation of a living person with ambivalence for two main reasons.’
    • ‘Mumbling, stumbling and uncertain, he managed to combine the theatricality of a great performance with the naturalistic details of finely observed human behaviour.’
    • ‘Does the digital camera evoke more ‘realistic’ or naturalistic performances from actors, who are accustomed to home video cameras in private life?’
    • ‘This genre owed its popularity to a combination of a straightforward and lively descriptive style with panoramic architectural and landscape settings full of naturalistic and genre detail.’
    • ‘More than a naturalistic likeness - the poet thought - caricature would be best suited to convey the musician's unconventional persona.’
    • ‘Participant observation has the potential to come closer to a naturalistic emphasis, because the qualitative researcher confronts members of a social setting in their natural environments.’
    • ‘Park's naturalistic depiction of brutal violence and sadistic torture often make for uncomfortable viewing.’
  • 2Based on the theory of naturalism in art or literature:

    ‘naturalistic paintings of the city’
    • ‘But toward the end of the 1500s, art began to lose its uniform stylistic character, becoming naturalistic and classicist, analytical and synthetic, all at the same time.’
    • ‘What we need is realism, the naturalistic panorama of a cityscape unfolding.’
    • ‘His early paintings are tenebrist and naturalistic.’
    • ‘Even the small selection illustrated here shows a wide range of expressions, from the rather naturalistic Yoruba twin figures to this highly abstract Metoko pair.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the impression of spontaneity in naturalistic Dutch landscape paintings of the 1620s is a consequence of technical facility and not of an impromptu approach to composition.’
    • ‘The direction, too, is smart and understated and is helped by the film's clear, naturalistic cinematography.’
    • ‘The film benefits from pared-down, naturalistic cinematography and performances, as well as a pervasive sense of fatalism.’
    • ‘Mask theatre is not naturalistic theatre, it has a more poetic feel, and he's got that sensitivity.’
    • ‘There is a distinct lack of cinematic gloss, with a mostly hand-held camera capturing scenes in a raw, naturalistic fashion that actually complements the subject matter perfectly.’
    • ‘They mistrusted theatrical actors as being artificial, so those actors got bypassed and the directors were bringing people off the streets, which did produce a naturalistic kind of actor.’
    • ‘Bratlie makes her best pitch for coherence in a claustrophobic staging that evokes the oppression of the times, doing what she can to break the play's naturalistic stranglehold.’
    • ‘Keep the documentary element (the interviews) straightforward and make the dramatic elements feel as real as possible, filming in a naturalistic style with good actors and no apologies.’
    • ‘The earnestly intense and naturalistic performances, fine for Ibsen, fit poorly here and consequently come off as either dangerously self-indulgent or oddly casual.’
    • ‘Although her perception of her hero Ingres and his Renaissance predecessors was conditioned by her own bizarre personality, she aspired to paint in their naturalistic but imaginative manner.’
    • ‘However, if you're like me and like either fast-paced, dare-to-be different theatre or at least naturalistic theatre done well, steer clear.’
    • ‘Munch eschewed the naturalistic approach of Krogh, and incorporated expressionist tendencies in his work.’
    • ‘Having begun as a poet he turned to prose and resolved to follow Zola's naturalistic experiments.’
    • ‘This motif had already gained currency in the naturalistic representations of Renaissance artists.’
    • ‘He returned to Prague in 1920 and in his later work developed a more naturalistic style based on folk art.’
    • ‘The exciting by-product of this way of working is that it produces a style of theatre that is frequently more engaging, imaginative and transformative than adult theatre with all its stuffy naturalistic conventions.’
    • ‘Native Son is a fine example of the American novel in the naturalistic tradition.’
    • ‘His plays have a closer relationship to the pre-20th century high comedies than to the naturalistic comedies of our own time.’
    • ‘The exhibition portrays cross-cultural spirituality and socio-historical references in naturalistic contemporary patterns.’
    realistic, real-life, true-to-life, lifelike, vivid, graphic, representational, photographic
    factual
    vérité
    kitchen-sink, warts and all
    verisimilar, veristic
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    1. 2.1 Of or according to the philosophy of naturalism:
      ‘phenomena once considered supernatural have yielded to naturalistic explanation’
      • ‘Thus, the review consistently refers to ‘naturalistic evolution’, as if other prominent scientific theories are not also naturalistic.’
      • ‘DNA has, I think, spelled the end of traditional naturalistic evolution, which essentially says complexity comes out of simplicity.’
      • ‘Neither, if we live in a purely naturalistic world, are there any ultimate freedoms we can claim, because logically in a closed universe the laws of nature will determine our behaviour.’
      • ‘‘Methodological naturalism’ refers to the idea that as a practical matter science must restrict itself to naturalistic theories.’
      • ‘Any inconsistency - any departure from the laws of science - would argue for a method which was not literally and painstakingly naturalistic.’
      • ‘Here Taylor means that science restricts itself to naturalistic theories, and does not invoke the supernatural.’
      • ‘But, as with pure naturalistic theories of evolution, your task is to shut up and bow to your superiors, not ask obvious questions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If this is the case, naturalistic methodology should have no problem differentiating between what is produced by undirected natural causes and that which is produced by intelligent causes.’
      • ‘And evolution is the naturalistic theory by which animal life has evolved into Homo sapiens.’
      • ‘Had Darwin had the knowledge about the eye and its associated systems that man has today (which is a great deal more than what it was in his time), he may have given up his naturalistic theory on the origin of living things.’
      • ‘This draws on naturalistic modes of thinking in Indian intellectual traditions that are opposed to the enchanted and mystical thinking that finds its way into ‘Vedic Science’.’
      • ‘The Higher Criticism is naturalistic and is largely dominated by the theory of evolution.’
      • ‘Evolutionary and naturalistic theories of the earth's creation based on uniformitarian assumptions and advocating old-earth theories emerged in the late eighteenth century.’
      • ‘This was a clash between two perfectly naturalistic theories of astronomy.’
      • ‘I'm all for pointing out the problems in naturalistic theories of evolution, but that's not what the editorial is about.’
      • ‘Historically, the naturalistic fallacy is the attempt to derive normative conclusions from statements of fact.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

naturalistic

/natʃ(ə)rəˈlɪstɪk/