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 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 The current crisis, according to some analysts and investors, has given BP and Shell the chance to clean house by reducing onerous shareholder payouts or adjusting unrealistic price assumptions. Laura Hurst, Bloomberg.com, "Pandemic Brings Pain and Opportunity for Fragile Oil Giants," 17 June 2020 There’s plenty of drama in store as top agents get creative to combat challenges ranging from wildfires to wildly unrealistic sellers. Kathy Passero, cleveland, "‘Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles’ new season | How to watch, TV channel, streaming, time," 16 June 2020 But as covid-19 outbreaks swept through America, that looked unrealistic. The Economist, "Essential services Covid-19 has stalled the wedding industry," 16 June 2020 Analysts said that the $70-a-barrel price that BP was using looked increasingly unrealistic and was higher than that of other major oil producers in Europe. Stanley Reed, BostonGlobe.com, "BP warns of a future that needs less oil," 15 June 2020 The accelerated timeline has been widely criticized as unrealistic, given ongoing delays with the rocket NASA plans to use for the mission and the need to develop a lunar lander. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA picks new head of human spaceflight as astronaut launches return to US soil," 12 June 2020 Many activists have been pushing at least for their cities to defund local police departments, a move many other analysts considered unrealistic. Fox News, "Minneapolis City Council announces veto-proof push to disband police in George Floyd aftermath," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of unrealistic

1865, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Unrealistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrealistic. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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