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realistic

[ ree-uh-lis-tik ]
/ ˌri əˈlɪs tɪk /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of realistic

First recorded in 1855–60; realist + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for realistic

realistic
/ (ˌrɪəˈlɪstɪk) /

adjective
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 of realistic

realistically, adverb
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