Definition of “realistic” - English Dictionary

“realistic” in British English

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uk /ˌrɪəˈlɪs.tɪk/ us /ˌriː.əˈlɪs.tɪk/

B2 accepting things as they are in fact and not making decisions based on unlikely hopes for the future:

Let's be realistic (about this) - I just can't afford to pay that much money.
It isn't realistic to expect people to work for so little money.
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B2 seeming to exist or be happening in fact:

The special effects 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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us /ˌri·əˈlɪs·tɪk/

having or showing a practical awareness of things as they are:

She is realistic about her chances of winning.

Realistic also means appearing to be existing or happening in fact:

The scene in the movie where the dinosaur hatches from the egg is incredibly realistic.
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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