Definition of realistic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌriːəˈlɪstɪk//
    , also BrE//ˌrɪəˈlɪstɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːəˈlɪstɪk//
    Describing art
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  1. 1  accepting in a sensible way what it is actually possible to do or achieve in a particular situation a realistic assessment We have to be realistic about our chances of winning. It is not realistic to expect people to spend so much money.
  2. 2  sensible and appropriate; possible to achieve synonym feasible, viable We must set realistic goals. a realistic target to pay a realistic salary
  3. 3  representing things as they are in real life a realistic drawing We try to make these training courses as realistic as possible. realistic graphics See related entries: Describing art
  4. opposite unrealistic
    Extra examples He was realistic enough to know this success could not last. It’s not realistic to expect people to pay more. My friends were quite realistic about my problems. The special effects seem very realistic. Try to keep your ambitions realistic. You could make the hands a little more realistic. You’re not being very realistic in your expectations. beautifully drawn, highly realistic flowers being very realistic in their expectations his grimly realistic first novel about drug addicts If you want to retain good employees, you have to pay a realistic salary. She made a very realistic drawing of a horse. The realistic graphics really bring the game to life. This report takes a much more realistic view of the situation. a realistic alternative/​demand/​estimate/​goal/​hope/​option/​plan/​solution/​target
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: realistic