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realist

noun [C] uk   /ˈrɪə.lɪst/ us    /ˈriː.ə-/

realist noun [C] (THOUGHT)

someone who hopes for or accepts only what seems possible or likely, and does not hope for or expect more: I'm a realist - I knew there was no way I could win, so I swam for a good finish, for points.

realist noun [C] (ART)

specialized art, literature, theatre & film an artist, writer, etc. who represents life as it really is, rather than in an imagined way
(Definition of realist from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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