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reality (n.)

1540s, "quality of being real, objective reality," from French réalité and directly from Medieval Latin realitatem (nominative realitas), from Late Latin realis (see real (adj.)). Also compare realty, which was the older form of the word in the sense of "reality" (mid-15c.).

Meaning "real existence, what is real, the aggregate of all that is real" is from 1640s; that of "the real state (of something)" is from 1680s. Sometimes 17c.-18c. it also meant "sincerity." Reality-based is attested from 1960, in marriage counseling. Reality television is attested from 1991.

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Definitions of reality from WordNet

reality (n.)
all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you;
for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were
Synonyms: world
reality (n.)
the state of being actual or real;
the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him
Synonyms: realness / realism
reality (n.)
the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be;
reality (n.)
the quality possessed by something that is real;
From wordnet.princeton.edu