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interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical:
a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.
pertaining to, characterized by, or given to the representation in literature or art of things as they really are:
a realistic novel.
resembling or simulating real life:
a duck hunter skilled at making realistic decoys.
Philosophy. of or relating to or realism.
Contemporary Examples

In the process, King creates Lisey, a compelling and realistic heroine.
Remedial Reader: The Essential Stephen King Back List Jessica Ferri April 24, 2012

Bottom line, then: Go ahead and hope for the best, but be prepared to settle for a realistic set of expectations.
An Employee Bill of Rights Jack And Suzy Welch March 3, 2009

Expectations need to be realistic; recovery from TBIs is never an easy road, and permanent, life-changing adjustments happen.
Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury Jean Kim November 19, 2014

Again, no realistic level of overall economic growth is likely to change that.
The Monthly Jobs Numbers Don’t Matter Zachary Karabell May 3, 2012

It was a good and realistic response, but one likely to annoy the conservative base.
Newt Gingrich’s Immigration Stance Won’t Play With Conservatives Michelle Goldberg November 22, 2011

Historical Examples

Lovers of realistic fiction will revel in this literary feast.
Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir Charles Garvice

Madame Deberle admired the realistic manner in which she died in a piece she played.
A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson

He was the originator of a natural, realistic, and sympathetic school of literary criticism.
Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2) John Morley

Uncle’s narratives had been so realistic that I began to dread Pierre’s departure.
Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee

The martyrdom of St Edmund in the next spandrel is a most realistic picture.
The Evolution Of An English Town Gordon Home

showing awareness and acceptance of reality
practical or pragmatic rather than ideal or moral
(of a book, film, etc) depicting or emphasizing what is real and actual rather than abstract or ideal
of or relating to philosophical realism

“true to reality” (of art, literature, etc.), 1829; “involving a practical view of life” (opposed to idealistic), 1831; from realist + -ic. Related: Realistically.


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