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"realistic" in British English

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realisticadjective

uk   /ˌrɪəˈlɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌriː.əˈlɪs.tɪk/
B2 accepting things as they are in ​fact and not making ​decisionsbased on ​unlikelyhopes for the ​future: Let's be realistic (about this) - I just can't ​afford to ​pay that much ​money. It isn't realistic toexpectpeople to ​work for so little ​money.
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B2 seeming to ​exist or be ​happening in ​fact: The ​specialeffects were so realistic.

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(Definition of realistic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"realistic" in American English

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realisticadjective

 us   /ˌri·əˈlɪs·tɪk/
having or ​showing a ​practicalawareness of things as they are: She is realistic about her ​chances of ​winning.
Realistic also ​meansappearing to be ​existing or ​happening in ​fact: The ​scene in the ​movie where the ​dinosaurhatches from the ​egg is ​incredibly realistic.
realistically
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌri·əˈlɪs·tɪ·kli/
Realistically, we can’t ​afford a ​piano.
(Definition of realistic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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