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I would like say that something (like facts) is "confirmed by reality" but with a different word instead of "confirmed" I thought of the following but I expect they're not precisely accurate:

  • endorsed by reality?
  • supported by reality?
  • sustained by reality?

Are any of these accurate or do you have other suggestions?

From a quick search, it looks like "supported by reality" has more results in Google , but some of them are due to an IT/SQL product named "Reality".

  • The question doesn't make sense to me. The problem isn't any of the particular synonyms of "confirmed", but the idea of facts being supported by reality. Facts, if the word is being used correctly, ARE reality, they aren't supported by it. Even leaving aside the words "facts", Ideas, hypotheses, guesses and such can be supported by evidence, statistics and opinions, but not by reality. – Jack O'Flaherty Jun 3 '20 at 10:31
  • It's not all that clear what the context is, but ideas can be verified by experience. – Weather Vane Jun 3 '20 at 10:49
  • Your verb choices seem okay, but it really depends on the noun. It wouldn't be accurate to say "Facts are endorsed by reality". Watch for subject verb agreement. It would be "Facts are" not "Fact is". – Benjamin Godfrey Jun 3 '20 at 18:40
  • "These facts are confirmed by reality" I have heard before in life. Endorsed doesn't quite sound right, but sustained or supported could work. Keep in mind that this statement is self evident - of course facts are supported by reality, unless your facts are not facts. Stating this brings your assertions a bit into question. – Michael Dorgan Jun 3 '20 at 19:01
  • Thank you all. "Facts" was just an example that I thought would make things clearer, but apparently a poorly chosen example. Indeed in the final text it's more something like "hypotheses" or "guesses" – TTT Jun 3 '20 at 20:13
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The closest and most common synonymous phrase is supported by reality.


From comments under the question, the desire to come up with a synonym for confirm is based on not wanting to repeat confirm after having used it in a previous sentence.

When you say that something is confirmed by reality, you are saying that you have a statement about something and that reality is demonstrating it to be true. in short, reality strengthens your claim.

When using confirm here, it is in the following sense:

[Merriam-Webster]
2 : to make firm or firmer : STRENGTHEN
    // confirm one's resolve


As such, I would say that the word with the closest synonymous sense is support:

[Merriam-Webster]
2 c: to provide with substantiation : CORROBORATE
     // support an alibi


I checked this by looking at Google Ngram Viewer. I entered several search terms, and it ranked them in descending order of commonality when used in print:

  1. supported by reality
  2. confirmed by reality
  3. sustained by reality
  4. corroborated by reality
  5. verified by reality
  6. substantiated by reality
  7. strengthened by reality
  8. endorsed by reality

confirmed by reality, supported by reality, and variations

In fact, supported by reality is more common than confirmed by reality.

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