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 unrealistic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unrealistic in a Sentence

It's unrealistic to expect so much. The dialogue in the movie was unrealistic.
Recent Examples on the Web But when neither the president nor a majority in either chamber of Congress is willing even to index fuel taxes to inflation, that idea is totally unrealistic. Robert Poole, WSJ, 30 June 2021 The courts could also stick the burden of proof on the plaintiffs, on the theory that asking a litigant to prove a negative is at least a little less unrealistic than asking one to disprove a negative. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 21 June 2021 Demi Lovato is here to remind everyone that face-altering Instagram filters are unrealistic and possibly damaging. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 1 Mar. 2021 The usual advice about emergency funds is often unrealistic and sometimes absurd for most low- or even moderate-income households. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2021 Industry experts argue that proving travelers are vaccinated—perhaps with an immunization passport of sorts—is unrealistic on a global scale given the looming production and distribution complexities of vaccinating the world’s population. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2020 Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, McConnell made no mention of the new bipartisan push for relief, continuing to blame Democrats for seeking a package that is unrealistic and too costly. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, 1 Dec. 2020 Deal told me that expecting anything more would have been unrealistic, given the complexities of the case. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 13 July 2021 With this increase in competition, some outliers in the industry have been generating illustrations that are simply unrealistic. Steve Parrish, Forbes, 6 July 2021

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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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“Unrealistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrealistic. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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