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realistic

adjective
 
 
/ˌrɪəˈlɪstɪk/
ACCEPTING B2 accepting the true facts of a situation and not basing decisions on things that will not happen: Let's be realistic - we're not going to finish this by Friday.Goals and purposes
SHOWING B1 showing things and people as they really are, or making them seem to be real: realistic special effects in a film →  Opposite unrealistic Reality and truth
realistically adverb
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