[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. realign,
  2. realignment,
  3. realise,
  4. realism,
  5. realist,
  6. realistically,
  7. reality,
  8. reality awareness,
  9. reality check,
  10. reality fiction

Origin of realistic

First recorded in 1855–60; realist + -ic

SYNONYMS FOR realistic
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pseudo-realistic

  • We tend, however, to avoid this by passing to a pseudo-realistic position by saying that the brain is a thing and not an image.

    Bergson and His Philosophy|J. Alexander Gunn

British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-realistic


/ (ˌrɪəˈlɪstɪk) /


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 Formsrealistically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for pseudo-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