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.
Recent Examples on the Web So threatening to sit out a season that is now slated to start in September feels a bit unrealistic. oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 player boycott hits the target but also misses the mark," 4 Aug. 2020 But ahead of the rescheduled majors and the continuation of the PGA Tour, Hovland isn't putting unnecessary pressure on himself by setting unrealistic goals, explaining that the opportunity to improve his game is his main motivation. Ben Morse And Shane O'donoghue, CNN, "The golfer who drove over 4,000 miles across the US to play in tournaments," 31 July 2020 Barbies, while a classic doll toy, often get flack for their unrealistic nature. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "This Woman's Amazing "Quarantine Barbies" Are Hilariously Accurate and We're Obsessed," 31 July 2020 Baron Brown, a 25-year veteran, said a civilian board could hamstring police with unrealistic policies and training. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Ferndale City Council seeks civilian board to oversee police in 'antiracism' plan," 13 July 2020 The best option would have been to keep Faulk, but that's unrealistic. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 6-10, Edgerrin James & playoff disappointments," 11 July 2020 Those who have previously dismissed such efforts as unrealistic or aspirational have reason to reconsider their objections. Jason Goodall, Fortune, "Cities still have a place in the post-pandemic world—but they have to be different. Here’s how," 4 July 2020 Twelve months ago, such a notion might have seemed unrealistic. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Juan Toscano-Anderson: Can forward stick with Warriors?," 26 June 2020 Tim Bartik, senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, believes the institute’s analysis makes unrealistic assumptions that overstate the impact of a ban on fracking. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-check: Biden called for limits on fracking, not a complete ban, as candidate claims," 19 June 2020

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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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8 Aug 2020

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“Unrealistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrealistic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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