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Syllabification: re·al·is·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌrēəˈlistik

Definition of realistic in English:


1Having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected: jobs are scarce at the moment, so you’ve got to be realistic a more realistic figure was 20 percent
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  • He should be positive, practical and realistic about what we can and cannot do.
  • She listened to patients' problems and helped them in realistic and practical ways.
  • To achieve a realistic roll a Catholic school will often have to draw in pupils from a very wide area.
informal having both/one's feet on the ground, hard-nosed, no-nonsense
informal doable
2Representing familiar things in a way that is accurate or true to life: a realistic human drama
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  • Yet again this painting marks a break from the traditional style of realistic representation in art.
  • The fantasy elements are there to serve what I hope is a realistic depiction of human nature.
  • This show is probably the most realistic medical drama on British television.
true to life, lifelike, truthful, true, faithful, unidealized, real-life, naturalistic, graphic



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
[sentence adverb]: realistically, there was little prospect of any improvement
More example sentences
  • She begins realistically, with her account of her despair and trauma just after the explosion.
  • It doesn't get much more basic, and really, that's all you can realistically ask from something like this.
  • There is no point in spending money you haven't got in pursuit of success which you cannot realistically hope to achieve.

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