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[ree-uh-lis-tik] /ˌri əˈlɪs tɪk/
interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical:
a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.
pertaining to, characterized by, or given to the representation in literature or art of things as they really are:
a realistic novel.
resembling or simulating real life:
a duck hunter skilled at making realistic decoys.
Philosophy. of or relating to realists or realism.
Origin of realistic
1855-60; realist + -ic
Related forms
realistically, adverb
antirealistic, adjective
antirealistically, adverb
hyperrealistic, adjective
nonrealistic, adjective
nonrealistically, adverb
overrealistic, adjective
overrealistically, adverb
prorealistic, adjective
pseudorealistic, adjective
quasi-realistic, adjective
quasi-realistically, adverb
semirealistic, adjective
semirealistically, adverb
ultrarealistic, adjective
unrealistic, adjective
unrealistically, adverb
1. pragmatic, common-sense, hard-headed, sensible. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for realistically
  • It was about conveying as much information as possible, not depicting pictures realistically.
  • Students should take care to represent the locations the pirate traveled as realistically as possible on the map.
  • Three thousand particles, it turns out, is not enough realistically to simulate a collision between planet-sized objects.
  • Anyone with the gift of thinking realistically might want to consider a career in business.
  • But realistically, it's time to make the plastic applicator obsolete.
  • At that point ranchers' adaptability could realistically be tested.
  • Now computer scientists have developed software that more realistically simulates the complex movements of human joints.
  • If not, then you better think realistically about how to defend yourself.
  • But realistically, the automation will be a long time coming.
  • But realistically today, fuel cells are a lot more convenient than any battery.
British Dictionary definitions for realistically


showing awareness and acceptance of reality
practical or pragmatic rather than ideal or moral
(of a book, film, etc) depicting or emphasizing what is real and actual rather than abstract or ideal
of or relating to philosophical realism
Derived Forms
realistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for realistically



"true to reality" (of art, literature, etc.), 1829; "involving a practical view of life" (opposed to idealistic), 1831; from realist + -ic. Related: Realistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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