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real

1
1. Philosophy existent or relating to actual existence (as opposed to nonexistent, potential, contingent, or apparent)
2. Economics (of prices, incomes, wages, etc.) considered in terms of purchasing power rather than nominal currency value
3. denoting or relating to immovable property such as land and tenements
4. Physics See image
5. Maths involving or containing real numbers alone; having no imaginary part
6. Music
a. (of the answer in a fugue) preserving the intervals as they appear in the subject
b. denoting a fugue as having such an answer
7. short for real number

real

2
a former small Spanish or Spanish-American silver coin

real

3 the standard monetary unit of Brazil, divided into 100 centavos
2. a former coin of Portugal
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real

(1)
Not simulated. Often used as a specific antonym to virtual in any of its jargon senses.

real

(mathematics)
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- I want to be put right, if I am wrong - isn't it, really?'
It was a long, low inn, consisting really of a cottage and two barns; thatched all over with the thatch that looks like brown and grey hair grown before history.
said the Miller's Wife, pouring herself out a large glass of warm ale; 'really I feel quite drowsy.
Some, you see, maintain that this really is the most precious thing for mankind; choice can, of course, if it chooses, be in agreement with reason; and especially if this be not abused but kept within bounds.
She proved that she had really taken a liking to me: she kept her temper.
I inflict all this on you because once you said that life is sometimes life and sometimes only a drama, and one must learn to distinguish t'other from which, and up to now I have always put that down as 'Meg's clever nonsense.' But this morning, it really does seem not life but a play, and it did amuse me enormously to watch the W's.
"Ah, you philosophize," replied Villefort, after a moment's silence, during which, like a wrestler who encounters a powerful opponent, he took breath; "well, sir, really, if, like you, I had nothing else to do, I should seek a more amusing occupation."
After a few moments he said to him, "Have you really a very bad influence, Lord Henry?
Peter was really the best dancer among them, but he pretended to be scandalised.
Therefore they are not really a higher kind of life, but a lower." This reasoning, however, seemed to end in a paradox, and lead to the further consideration:--"What matter though it be only disease, an abnormal tension of the brain, if when I recall and analyze the moment, it seems to have been one of harmony and beauty in the highest degree--an instant of deepest sensation, overflowing with unbounded joy and rapture, ecstatic devotion, and completest life?" Vague though this sounds, it was perfectly comprehensible to Muishkin, though he knew that it was but a feeble expression of his sensations.
No, no, Alec and Alonzo are two dear boys, and I like them both so much that I really don't know which I like the better.
"Oh, please, Miss Cuthbert, won't you tell me if you are going to send me away or not?" I've tried to be patient all the morning, but I really feel that I cannot bear not knowing any longer.