realistic

adjective re·al·is·tic \ ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of realistic

1 :of, relating to, or marked by literary or artistic realism :accurately representing what is natural or real
  • a realistic novel
  • realistic portraiture
  • realistic sound effects
  • Such films tend to be more expressionistic than realistic.
  • —Ira Konigsberg
:convincingly rendered to appear natural
  • Realistic, sensitive artificial skin would be an important step towards making the prosthetic feel like an extension of the body.
  • —Julian Smith
2 :able to see things as they really are and to deal with them in a practical way
  • a sensible, realistic person/attitude
  • trying to be realistic about their chances for success
3 :based on what is real rather than on what is wanted or hoped for :not impractical or visionary
  • a realistic plan
  • realistic expectations
  • setting realistic goals
  • It's not realistic to expect people to spend that much money on wedding gifts.
  • For the first time, people with cancers that have long outwitted science have a realistic chance of getting a miracle, too.
  • —Sharon Begley

realistically

play \ˌrē-ə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
    • depicting a scene realistically
    • approaching a problem realistically

First Known Use of realistic

1829


REALISTIC Defined for Kids

realistic

adjective re·al·is·tic \ ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik \

Definition of realistic for Students

1 :true to life or nature
  • a realistic painting
2 :ready to see things as they really are and to deal with them sensibly Let's be realistic. We can't afford a new car.

realistically

\-ti-kə-lē\ adverb


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