re·​al·​is·​tic | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce realistic (audio) \

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

Other Words from realistic

realistically \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce realistic (audio) \ adverb
depicting a scene realistically approaching a problem realistically

First Known Use of realistic

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Realistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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re·​al·​is·​tic | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik \

Kids Definition of realistic

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.

Other Words from realistic

realistically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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