un·​re·​al·​is·​tic | \ˌən-ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik \

Definition of unrealistic 

: not realistic : inappropriate to reality or fact

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unrealistically \ˌən-​ˌrē-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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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From the over-the-top demands from buyers to the seemingly unrealistic budgets, House Hunters fans have always had a feeling the show wasn’t, well, 100 percent authentic to the homebuying experience. Megan Friedman, House Beautiful, "A Realtor Has Revealed Exactly What It’s Like To Film 'House Hunters'," 17 Aug. 2018 Higher crude prices could help secure a valuation for Saudi Aramco closer to the $2 trillion envisaged by Prince Mohammed, a figure some analysts consider unrealistic. Bloomberg.com, "Saudi Arabia Is Taking a Harder Line on Oil Prices," 19 Feb. 2018 Multiple auto [original equipment manufacturer] CEOs have promised self-driving car roadmaps that their own engineers think are unrealistic. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "AI Guru Andrew Ng on the Job Market of Tomorrow," 26 Oct. 2018 But the standards were immediately opposed by mayors across the country, calling out federal government overreach and saying the FCC’s proposed fee structure was unrealistic. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "City of Seattle fighting federal government’s new 5G rules," 2 Oct. 2018 Negative coverage could inspire a public backlash that could slow the introduction of Waymo's technology—and negative coverage is often the result of earlier media hype creating unrealistic expectations that are then disappointed. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s excruciatingly gradual launch process, explained," 31 Oct. 2018 So many people go into these types of [weight loss] procedures having unrealistic expectations of what losing the weight, or changing the body part, will do for them. Ellen Ricks, Teen Vogue, "Watching Netflix's Insatiable as an Eating Disorder Survivor Triggered Me," 17 Aug. 2018 Many, such as the opposition Conservative Party’s shadow Minister for Immigration, Michelle Rempel, have said that this created an unrealistic expectation that anyone could come to Canada. Fox News, "Canada struggling with illegal border 'crisis' of its own ahead of crucial elections," 16 Aug. 2018 Chores can teach kids responsibility and initiative — but experts warn that parents should take care not overburden children with unrealistic expectations. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Where Do You Stand on the Toughest Parenting Questions?," 24 July 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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