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

Definition of unrealistic

: not realistic : inappropriate to reality or fact

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unrealistically \ ˌən-​ˌrē-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unrealistically (audio) \ 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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Stories of joy, happiness success and love are deemed unrealistic. Zito Madu, GQ, "Art in a World Shaped by Trayvon," 24 Apr. 2018 After all, given today’s battery technology, a super small electric push scooter with enough range in its battery to take one from Fort Worth to Dallas seems a tad unrealistic. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Uneasy Rider," 21 Apr. 2018 Fashion’s unrealistic beauty standards and the below-size-zero samples often used by designers have made for a perilous working environment in which eating disorders run rampant and agencies encourage thinness no matter the cost. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Models Get Real About Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Size Discrimination," 9 Apr. 2019 And even those tax scores are not independently verified, are often politically unrealistic, and fail to account for any revenues lost to interactions between tax proposals or macroeconomic responses. Brian Riedl, Vox, "America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.," 7 Aug. 2018 As such, a significant outlay on a hallmark player like Rafinha is not overly unrealistic. SI.com, "Tottenham & West Ham Set to Battle Over Signing of Highly Rated Brazilian Barcelona Star," 22 June 2018 While its mission is clear, scaling up to a national level while naming specific boats and docks is currently unrealistic. chicagotribune.com, "'Sustainably caught' seafood? Nationwide distributor's murky supply chain exposed," 14 June 2018 But the hype machine has been in full effect for months, so expectations are already probably unrealistic. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Is the hype on Harry Giles fair? He's ready to get past this season and live up to it | The Sacramento Bee," 8 Apr. 2018 Describing her own feelings after giving birth, Knightley suggests that the polished image of the royal appearing so quickly after her baby was born sends an unrealistic image to women. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Keira Knightley Criticizes Kate Middleton’s Perfect Post-Baby Body Appearance," 6 Oct. 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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