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 formsre·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·re·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·re·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·re·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·re·al·is·tic, adjectiveo·ver·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbpro·re·al·is·tic, adjectivepseu·do·re·al·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-re·al·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·re·al·is·tic, adjectivesem·i·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbul·tra·re·al·is·tic, adjectiveun·re·al·is·tic, adjectiveun·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for realistic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for realistic

Contemporary Examples of realistic

Historical Examples of realistic

  • 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 Formsrealistically, adverb
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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