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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 realistic
  • No matter how realistic and artistic these representations may be, however, they are still lifeless.
  • No matter what the problem she brought a touch of humor and a realistic appraisal to all situations.
  • Three new financial thrillers are all worth a read, but some are more realistic than others.
  • At this stage, be idealistic about what is possible, and realistic about what you need.
  • The answer is yes: there is indeed an alternative, and experience is proving that it is an eminently realistic one.
  • The research will be used to make the movie realistic.
  • It may sound a bit kooky, but it is both logical and realistic as well as avoiding misery and disappointment.
  • The stunningly realistic dioramas and authentically furnished period rooms make the museum an unique place to visit.
  • She decided to market a doll with a more realistic body.
  • Asking a consultant to deliver more than what is realistic sets up everyone for failure.
British Dictionary definitions for realistic


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 realistic

"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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