Definition of realistic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrēəˈlistik/


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.
practical, pragmatic, matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, sensible, commonsensical, grounded;
rational, reasonable, levelheaded, clear-sighted, businesslike
informal having both/one's feet on the ground, hard-nosed, no-nonsense
achievable, attainable, feasible, practicable, viable, reasonable, sensible, workable
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

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Syllabification: re·al·is·tic

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