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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
First recorded in 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
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  • Madame Deberle admired the realistic manner in which she died in a piece she played.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • In style and character-drawing it is realistic in the best sense.

  • If it was play, it was too realistic for the nerves even of a mountain girl.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • Uncle's narratives had been so realistic that I began to dread Pierre's departure.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • This particular editor believed that a short story should be realistic.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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