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Definition of realistic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1accepting 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. 2sensible and appropriate; possible to achieve synonym feasible, viable We must set realistic goals. a realistic target to pay a realistic salary
  3. 3representing things as they are in real life a realistic drawing We try to make these training courses as realistic as possible. realistic graphics opposite unrealistic
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: realistic