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REAL'ITY, noun

1. Actual being or existence of any thing; truth; fact; in distinction from mere appearance.

A man may fancy he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning.

2. Something intrinsically important, not merely matter of show.

And to realities yield all her shows.

3. In the schools, that may exist of itself, or which has a full and absolute being of itself, and is not considered as a part of any thing else.

4. In law, immobility, or the fixed, permanent nature of property; as chattels which savor of the reality [This word is so written in law, for reality ]