realistic

[ree-uh-lis-tik]
adjective
1.
interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical: a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.
2.
pertaining to, characterized by, or given to the representation in literature or art of things as they really are: a realistic novel.
3.
resembling or simulating real life: a duck hunter skilled at making realistic decoys.
4.
Philosophy. of or pertaining to realists or realism.

Origin:
1855–60; realist + -ic

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.
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realistic (ˌrɪəˈlɪstɪk)
 
adj
1.  showing awareness and acceptance of reality
2.  practical or pragmatic rather than ideal or moral
3.  (of a book, film, etc) depicting or emphasizing what is real and actual rather than abstract or ideal
4.  of or relating to philosophical realism
 
real'istically
 
adv

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Example sentences
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.
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