a person who deals with or considers actually existing realities and conditions instead of fancies or concepts a realist against idealist
- One who relates to or views in fact present details and conditions, versus fancies or concepts; -- opposed to idealist.
(letter.) One that deals with or views actually current realities and conditions, instead of fancies or theories; -- in opposition to idealist.
Hamilton stigmatized his great opponent as a political fanatic; but actualist as he claimed to be, 9 Hamilton could not see, or would not concede, the predominating forces in American life, and would uncompromisingly have minimized the two great political conquests of the colonial period - local selfgovernment and democracy.