un·re·al·is·tic | \ˌən-ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik \

Definition of unrealistic 

: not realistic : inappropriate to reality or fact

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unrealistically \ˌən-ˌrē-ə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of unrealistic in a Sentence

It's unrealistic to expect so much. The dialogue in the movie was unrealistic.

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Some economists argue comparing the current market to the last housing boom is faulty because the runup was based on unrealistic access to loans, and that’s not the case now. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego home price hits (another) record high: $570K," 23 May 2018 Supporting yourself from your writing can be a really tough, punishing standard, and just often a pretty unrealistic one. Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic, "The Experiment in Irresponsibility," 3 May 2018 Once again, the parent transportation requirement will make the location of some schools unrealistic options for many families. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "School transfer law: Parents can seek new campuses, but not many have room," 27 Apr. 2018 But in the grander scope of entertainment, Söderström’s claim is not untenable or unrealistic. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' -- What Does That Actually Mean?," 26 Apr. 2018 The manufacturers' imagery, FlyersRights claims, is unrealistic, doesn't show the entire evacuation procedure, and does not depict anyone reaching for carry-on bags, which have increased in number as baggage fees have swept the industry. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "FAA declines to regulate more legroom for airline passengers," 3 July 2018 In his television appearance, Bolton set out a schedule that intelligence officials have already warned is unrealistic. William J. Broad, The Seattle Times, "Bolton says North Korea could disarm in a year," 2 July 2018 In his television appearance, Mr. Bolton set out a schedule that intelligence officials have already warned is unrealistic. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "As Bolton Says North Korea Could Disarm in a Year, Reality Lags Promises," 1 July 2018 But after spending much of last season on the injury report, Ansah staying healthy for all 16 games may be unrealistic. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions must do these five things to make NFL playoffs in 2018," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of unrealistic

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrealistic was in 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of unrealistic

: not able to see things as they really are

: based on what is wanted or hoped for rather than on what is possible or likely : not sensible and appropriate

: not showing people and things as they are in real life

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a state of commotion or excitement

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