- 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 unrealistically
Yes, Katniss is brave, strong, and principled, but she is not purely good, or unrealistically selfless.Young Adult Novel Adaptations Put Mainstream Blockbusters to Shame
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“Draw your own conclusions about why people are going for unrealistically low libors,” the employee added.Rate-Fixing Scandal Hits U.S.: Fed Drops LIBOR Bombshells
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- 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 unrealistically
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