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 Dictionary entry overview: What does realistic mean? 

REALISTIC (adjective)
  The adjective REALISTIC has 3 senses:

1. aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are
2. representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
3. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism

  Familiarity information: REALISTIC used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

REALISTIC (adjective)

Sense 1realistic [BACK TO TOP]


Aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

Context examples:

a realistic description / a realistic view of the possibilities / a realistic appraisal of our chances / the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans


graphic; lifelike; pictorial; vivid (evoking lifelike images within the mind)

practical; virtual (being actually such in almost every respect)

real; veridical (coinciding with reality)

down-to-earth; earthy (sensible and practical)

hard-nosed; hardheaded; practical; pragmatic (guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory)

true to life; true-to-life (representing things or actions or conditions as they actually are)

living (true to life; lifelike)


possible (capable of happening or existing)

existent; real (being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory)

practical (concerned with actual use or practice)


unrealistic (not realistic)

Sense 2realistic [BACK TO TOP]


Representing what is real; not abstract or ideal


naturalistic; realistic

Context examples:

realistic portraiture / a realistic novel / in naturalistic colors / the school of naturalistic writers


representational ((used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen)

Sense 3realistic [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

a realistic system of thought


realism ((philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived)

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