Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Accurately representing real life: a lifelike statue. See Synonyms at graphic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a living being, resembling life, giving an accurate representation, as, a lifelike portrait.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a living being; resembling life; giving an accurate representation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Simulating or resembling life; giving the impression of real life: as, a lifelike portrait or narrative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. evoking lifelike images within the mind
  • adj. free from artificiality

Etymologies

life +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Your straw men do have a certain lifelike quality to them that most trolls lack, I must say.

    Think Progress » Perriello Blasts GOP Leaders In Washington For Refusing To Completely Denounce Harassment Of Democrats

  • It dawned on him that he wanted to work with adult characters in lifelike relationships.

    Sex, Lies, and Videogames

  • Zola, whose so-called lifelike pictures of the French bourgeois, of a workman, soldier, and peasant, he described as gloomy, pessimistic, and calumnious caricatures.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The action figures are described as lifelike, fully articulated figures in 3. 75-inch, 6-inch and 12-inch scales.

    SCI FI Wire

  • Japan is a nation obsessed with the idea of lifelike robots.

    Conflict Zen

  • I was under the impression that the guy who made it wanted the robot to have a body that looks as much like a person as possible and so used a Real Doll (or whatever brand it is) which is made to be as 'lifelike' as possible, including to the touch.

    Female robot is the perfect companion, receptionist, sexual assault victim - Feministing

  • I also agree that the great 19th century realists were actually radicals in their time, overturning as they did the picaresque and romantic modes of storytelling they'd inherited from the first generation of novelists in favor of narratives that focused more on details of setting and on creating plausibly "lifelike" characters.

    Realism in Fiction

  • By using inflatable material (like they use for parade balloons), and that would give the monster some 'lifelike' qualities.

    Godzilla Building

  • Looking at a dead body, one that has been drained of both life force and fluids, embalmed, dressed nicely, painted up, looking either like something from Madame Tussaud's wax museum or worse, so "lifelike" you almost expect it to breathe or suddenly sit up, yeah, you bet that gives me the creeps.

    Gone for Good

  • Sheila looked, how "lifelike," a comment I always found creepy in the extreme.

    Gone for Good

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