Definition of REALISTIC

of, relating to, or marked by literary or artistic realism : accurately representing what is natural or real : convincingly rendered to appear… See the full definition

realistic


adjective


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Definition of

realistic


1



:

of, relating to, or marked by literary or artistic

realism


:

accurately representing what is natural or real

a

realistic

novel



realistic

portraiture



realistic

sound effects


Such films tend to be more expressionistic than

realistic

.


— Ira Konigsberg



:

convincingly rendered to appear natural



Realistic

, sensitive artificial skin would be an important step towards making the prosthetic feel like an extension of the body.


— Julian Smith


2



:

able to see things as they really are and to deal with them in a practical way

a sensible,

realistic

person/attitude


trying to be

realistic

about their chances for success


3



:

based on what is real rather than on what is wanted or hoped for

:

not impractical or visionary

a

realistic

plan



realistic

expectations


setting

realistic

goals


It’s not

realistic

to expect people to spend that much money on wedding gifts.


For the first time, people with cancers that have long outwitted science have a

realistic

chance of getting a miracle, too.


— Sharon Begley

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Other Words from

realistic


realistically


ˌrē-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē



adverb


depicting a scene

realistically



approaching a problem

realistically

Synonyms & Antonyms for

realistic

Synonyms


down-to-earth

,


earthy

,


hardheaded

,


matter-of-fact

,


practical

,


pragmatic


(


also


pragmatical

)

Antonyms


blue-sky

,


idealistic

,


impractical

,


unrealistic

,


utopian

,


visionary


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First Known Use of

realistic

1829, in the meaning defined at

sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of

realistic



:

able to see things as they really are and to deal with them in a practical way



:

based on what is real rather than on what is wanted or hoped for

:

sensible and appropriate



:

showing people and things as they are in real life


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realistic

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realistic


adjective


re·​al·​is·​tic


|



ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik

Kids Definition of

realistic


1



:

true to life or nature

a

realistic

painting


2



:

ready to see things as they really are and to deal with them sensibly


Let’s be

realistic

. We can’t afford a new car.

Other Words from

realistic


realistically


-​ti-​kə-​lē



adverb

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