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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When Kim Kardashian West modeled the bottle of her first KKW Body fragrance on her own famous figure, critics were frustrated with its seeming endorsement of unrealistic beauty ideals. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 But starting roughly around 2014’s Advanced Warfare, COD began to stagnate creatively, forcing its creators to turn to increasingly unrealistic and far-out ideas. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Black Ops 4 merges Fortnite and PUBG into the best Call of Duty in years," 19 Oct. 2018 Caldbeck argues that a combination of competition, arrogance and a lack of deep industry knowledge has led to venture capital investments that saddle consumer brands with unrealistic valuations — and expectations. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money," 29 Aug. 2018 Stoltenberg and others at the summit dismissed the idea of hitting 4% — an unrealistic goal for many countries. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory," 12 July 2018 All presidents exaggerate, shade the truth, use facts selectively, and make unrealistic promises. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump and truth: Why the media are losing the battle," 25 June 2018 These experts consider the goal of denuclearizing North Korea to be unrealistic. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "The U.S. May Have to Rethink Its Approach to North Korea," 22 Jan. 2019 However the 'Egyptian King' being rested with the Champions League second leg in mind this weekend is not the most unrealistic scenario, and Manchester City's ace is not exactly a bad alternative. SI.com, "Premier League Fantasy Football: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 36," 27 Apr. 2018 That would imply a rise of 16% for the year, something that doesn’t seem unrealistic for a stock market that appears to have been oversold, said Darrell Cronk, president of the Wells Fargo Investment Institute. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Writhing Markets Force a Rethink of 2019 Wall Street Forecasts," 6 Jan. 2019

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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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