- 1Having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected: I thought we had a realistic chance of winningMore example sentences
practical, pragmatic, matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, sensible, commonsensical; rational, logical, reasonable, level-headed, clear-sighted, hard-headed, businesslike, sober, unromantic, unsentimental, unidealistic, tough-minded, robust, hard-boiled, unemotionalachievable, attainable, feasible, practicable, within the bounds of possibility, viable, reasonable, sensible, logical, 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 things in a way that is accurate and 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.