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Meaning of real world

real' world'

Pronunciation: (rē'ul, rēl), [key]
  1. the realm of practical or actual experience, as opposed to the abstract, theoretical, or idealized sphere of the classroom, laboratory, etc.: recent college graduates looking for jobs in the real world of rising unemployment.
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