The quality or state of being actual or true. One, such as a person, an entity, or an event, that is actual: "the weight of history and political realities\u201d ( Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.) The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence. That which exists objectively and in fact: Your observations do not seem to be about reality. Relating to or being a genre of television or film in which a storyline is created by editing footage of people interacting or competing with one another in unscripted, unrehearsed situations. in reality In fact; actually.