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 That’s a massive -- and probably unrealistic -- leap. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 At times, his expectations initially seemed unrealistic. Naz Beheshti, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 This is the same housing-centric strategy that has been in place for more than ten years, with the same unrealistic goals and denial of root causes of homelessness. Paul Webster, National Review, 28 Sep. 2021 Making matters worse is the widespread problem of unrealistic serving sizes. Robert J. Davis, Time, 24 Sep. 2021 One of the problems with this whole debate around boosters is that people have had very unrealistic expectations of what vaccines can or can’t do. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2021 But there's a certain charm to the cheesy-as-hell and wickedly unrealistic television series of my youth. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, 16 Sep. 2021 White executives weren’t alone in thinking that Cosby was an unrealistic representation of Black life. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2021 While the slasher films of the Eighties and Nineties have become a kind of comfort food to Gen-Xers and Millennials — a splashy, unrealistic blood feast in which good conquers evil — real horror is not so easily summed up. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 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 15 Oct. 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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