- 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 percentMore example sentences
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-nonsenseachievable, attainable, feasible, practicable, viable, reasonable, sensible, workable• informal doable
- 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.
- 2Representing familiar things in a way that is accurate or true to life: a realistic human dramaMore example sentences
- 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.
- [sentence adverb]: realistically, there was little prospect of any improvementMore 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.