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realistic

[ree-uh-lis-tik] /ˌri əˈlɪs tɪk/
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
1855-1860
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
Synonyms
1. pragmatic, common-sense, hard-headed, sensible.
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Examples for unrealistic
  • 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.
  • Religions can sometimes do all these things, and it would be unrealistic to deny that this partly explains their existence.
  • The in-and-out model has obviously become unrealistic.
  • unrealistic though the image may have been, it gave me nightmares for years afterwards.
  • Some combination of the free-market approach and a long rest may be ideal, but it's politically unrealistic right now.
  • It's a popular method for pairing up, but creates unrealistic expectations.
  • Their ambitious plan reflected a confidence in the longevity of the empire that was both unrealistic and fast-fading.
British Dictionary definitions for unrealistic

unrealistic

/ˌʌnrɪəˈlɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
not realistic unrealistic expectations

realistic

/ˌrɪəˈlɪstɪk/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
realistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unrealistic
adj.

1865, from un- (1) "not" + realistic. Related: Unrealistically.

realistic

adj.

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

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