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1.adj. Actual rather than imaginary; physical rather than mental; objective rather than subjective.

2.adj. Empirical, as opposed to theoretical.

3.n. In the psychoanalytic theory of Lacan, ‘the Real’ is a primal, homogeneous realm where there is no absence, loss, or lack. Here, the infant has no centre of identity and experiences no clear boundaries between itself and the external world. It is not what we understand as ‘reality’ because it cannot be known: it is excluded from the symbolic (it resists representation) and from the imaginary (it is unimaginable).

Subjects: Media Studies.

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