non·​re·​al·​is·​tic ˌnän-ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce nonrealistic (audio)
: not realistic: such as
: not viewing matters in their true light : unrealistic
a nonrealistic business model
: not characterized by realism in conception and portrayal
nonrealistic art
… excelled mostly in its textiles and in a very stylized nonrealistic pottery making use of many different colours.World Religions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In keeping with Welles, Coen adopts a nonrealistic approach to the setting. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonrealistic was in 1882

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“Nonrealistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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