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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There’s some disagreement over the methodology the Pension Tracker uses, but Nation, a former Democratic assemblyman from Northern California, said that’s because pension systems generally use unrealistic expectations on returns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego makes pension move but long slog remains," 12 June 2019 There is also inherent optimism in those picks’ NBA futures, even if most will ultimately fall short of lofty and often unrealistic expectations. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Adam Silver Fines Knicks, James Dolan With NBA Reputation In Mind," 24 June 2019 As The Guardian reported in 2015, the average mannequin has the following unrealistic measurements: six-foot height, 34-inch bust, 24-inch waist, and 34-inch hips. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Used Curvy Mannequins at Her Fenty Pop-Up and Her Fans Feel Seen," 22 June 2019 Don’t trust anyone who makes an unrealistic promise or asks you for a handout. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 20, 2019," 20 June 2019 Further Reading Tesla’s autonomy event: Impressive progress with an unrealistic timeline Some cars don't have lane-keeping features at all, so a driver falling asleep means that the car quickly drifts of the road. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "People keep spotting Teslas with snoozing drivers on the freeway," 18 June 2019 The car companies had rightly complained that these targets were costly and unrealistic. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Backseat Drivers," 16 June 2019 But of all the answers so far, Biden’s may be the most unrealistic. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Someone Please Tell Joe Biden That Bipartisanship Is Dead," 12 June 2019 Candidates have fixated on the unrealistic Brexit deadline of October 31st, claimed magical negotiating powers for themselves and flirted with a kamikaze policy of leaving the EU without a deal. The Economist, "Rory Stewart, odd man out," 7 June 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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