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 pertaining to realists or realism.

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. Unabridged
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realistic (ˌrɪəˈlɪstɪk)
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

unrealistic (ˌʌnrɪəˈlɪstɪk)
not realistic: unrealistic expectations

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Example sentences
But they were encouraged by the railroads and the government to take
  unrealistic risks.
Still, expecting companies to stop putting up new buildings is unrealistic.
The history of overseas aid began with unrealistic expectations.
The media plays a role in promoting unrealistic expectations for body image and
  a distorted cultural drive for thinness.
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