- 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
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1. pragmatic, common-sense, hard-headed, sensible.
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Examples from the Web for realistic
Just a month from that date, he now no longer believes that to be realistic, and will no longer estimate a timeline for the trial.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start
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“I just wanted to make it realistic and not glamorize life,” she said.A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks
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John came to see The Realistic Joneses and we went out to dinner after and talked casually about the show, but that was it.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
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To test out a doll he designed to have realistic human proportions, Nickolay Lamm went to a group of second-graders in Pittsburgh.Pot-Smoking Grannies, Jimmy Fallon Covers U2, and More Viral Videos
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Expectations need to be realistic; recovery from TBIs is never an easy road, and permanent, life-changing adjustments happen.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury
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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.The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie
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
- 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
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Word Origin and History for realistic
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