1. interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical: a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.
  2. pertaining to, characterized by, or given to the representation in literature or art of things as they really are: a realistic novel.
  3. resembling or simulating real life: a duck hunter skilled at making realistic decoys.
  4. 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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for unrealistically


  1. showing awareness and acceptance of reality
  2. practical or pragmatic rather than ideal or moral
  3. (of a book, film, etc) depicting or emphasizing what is real and actual rather than abstract or ideal
  4. of or relating to philosophical realism
Derived Formsrealistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unrealistically



"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