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[n] an old small silver Spanish coin
[n] any rational or irrational number
[adv] used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"
[adj] possible to be treated as fact; "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"
[adj] having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare
[adj] not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin; "real mink"; "true gold"
[adj] being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
[adj] (economics) being value measured in terms of purchasing power; "real prices"; "real income"; "real wages"
[adj] founded on practical matters; "a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"
[adj] coinciding with reality; "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson
[adj] not to be taken lightly; "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"
[adj] (of property) fixed or immovable; "real property consists of land and buildings; real estate"
[adj] being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"

Misc. Definitions

\Re"al\, n. [Sp., fr. real royal, L. regalis. See {Regal}, and cf. {Ree} a coin.] A small Spanish silver coin; also, a denomination of money of account, formerly the unit of the Spanish monetary system. Note: A real of plate (coin) varied in value according to the time of its coinage, from 121/2 down to 10 cents, or from 61/2 to 5 pence sterling. The real vellon, or money of account, was nearly equal to five cents, or 21/2 pence sterling. In 1871 the coinage of Spain was assimilated to that of the Latin Union, of which the franc is the unit.
\Re*al"\, a. Royal; regal; kingly. [Obs.] ``The blood real of Thebes.'' --Chaucer.
\Re"al\, a. [LL. realis, fr. L. res, rei, a thing: cf. F. r['e]el. Cf. {Rebus}.]
1. Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, a description of real life. Whereat I waked, and found Before mine eyes all real, as the dream Had lively shadowed. --Milton.
2. True; genuine; not artificial; counterfeit, or factitious; often opposed to ostensible; as, the real reason; real Madeira wine; real ginger. Whose perfection far excelled Hers in all real dignity. --Milton.
5. Relating to things, not to persons. [Obs.] Many are perfect in men's humors that are not greatly capable of the real part of business. --Bacon.
4. (Alg.) Having an assignable arithmetical or numerical value or meaning; not imaginary.
5. (Law) Pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, real property, in distinction from personal or movable property. {Chattels real} (Law), such chattels as are annexed to, or savor of, the realty, as terms for years of land. See {Chattel}. {Real action} (Law), an action for the recovery of real property. {Real assets} (Law), lands or real estate in the hands of the heir, chargeable with the debts of the ancestor. {Real composition} (Eccl. Law), an agreement made between the owner of lands and the parson or vicar, with consent of the ordinary, that such lands shall be discharged from payment of tithes, in consequence of other land or recompense given to the parson in lieu and satisfaction thereof. --Blackstone. {Real estate} or {property}, lands, tenements, and hereditaments; freehold interests in landed property; property in houses and land. --Kent. --Burrill. {Real presence} (R. C. Ch.), the actual presence of the body and blood of Christ in the eucharist, or the conversion of the substance of the bread and wine into the real body and blood of Christ; transubstantiation. In other churches there is a belief in a form of real presence, not however in the sense of transubstantiation. {Real servitude}, called also {Predial servitude} (Civil Law), a burden imposed upon one estate in favor of another estate of another proprietor. --Erskine. --Bouvier. Syn: Actual; true; genuine; authentic. Usage: {Real}, {Actual}. Real represents a thing to be a substantive existence; as, a real, not imaginary, occurrence. Actual refers to it as acted or performed; and, hence, when we wish to prove a thing real, we often say, ``It actually exists,'' ``It has actually been done.'' Thus its really is shown by its actually. Actual, from this reference to being acted, has recently received a new signification, namely, present; as, the actual posture of affairs; since what is now in action, or going on, has, of course, a present existence. An actual fact; a real sentiment. For he that but conceives a crime in thought, Contracts the danger of an actual fault. --Dryden. Our simple ideas are all real; all agree to the reality of things. --Locke.
\Re"al\, n. A realist. [Obs.] --Burton.

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