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  • 1Having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected.

    ‘jobs are scarce at the moment, so you've got to be realistic’
    • ‘a more realistic figure was 20 percent’
    • ‘He should be positive, practical and realistic about what we can and cannot do.’
    • ‘She listened to patients' problems and helped them in realistic and practical ways.’
    • ‘To achieve a realistic roll a Catholic school will often have to draw in pupils from a very wide area.’
    • ‘They are trying to gather everyone's ideas and to form the ideas into a realistic plan.’
    • ‘Fake guns are now so realistic that even the practiced eye of a police marksman can be fooled.’
    • ‘Is it realistic to expect them to address the equity versus efficiency dilemma?’
    • ‘You will also need to be realistic about what you expect from your birth family.’
    • ‘Is it possible to get a realistic idea of the team's pace relative to the opposition?’
    • ‘The big fellow trooped off - with him went any realistic chance his men had of winning.’
    • ‘I didn't feel that I had a realistic chance to improve things with the budget I had.’
    • ‘His figures are realistic and dynamic, with an astounding range of body types.’
    • ‘There is also a realistic chance of progressing to compete on the big stage.’
    • ‘Too sticky a surface could rob the Scots of a realistic chance of maintaining their run of success.’
    • ‘Holgate are the only club left with a realistic chance of making up the deficit.’
    • ‘Clear this hurdle, and they have a realistic chance of running Australia close.’
    • ‘Crocker had said beforehand that he was going to win, but no-one really gave him a realistic chance.’
    • ‘There are many waters in the UK where you can fly fish for pike with a realistic chance of catching a good fish.’
    • ‘In the Patents Court, I would hope that a realistic figure would be eighteen months or less.’
    • ‘Around half of that figure is more realistic, plus any cash he can raise from selling players.’
    • ‘He saw tennis as the most realistic chance for his five daughters to escape the ghetto.’
    practical, pragmatic, matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, sensible, commonsensical
    achievable, attainable, feasible, practicable, within the bounds of possibility, viable, reasonable, sensible, logical, workable
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  • 2Representing familiar things in a way that is accurate or true to life.

    ‘a realistic human drama’
    • ‘Yet again this painting marks a break from the traditional style of realistic representation in art.’
    • ‘The fantasy elements are there to serve what I hope is a realistic depiction of human nature.’
    • ‘This show is probably the most realistic medical drama on British television.’
    • ‘It's more expensive, looks less realistic and less convincing, and it puts actors off.’
    • ‘While the film looks realistic, naturalistic, it is still a film and tells a story.’
    • ‘It also helps if the graphics are as smooth and as realistic as possible and game load times are short.’
    • ‘It adds an extra layer of authenticity to an already frighteningly realistic film.’
    • ‘The fake page does have a realistic look to it, complete with a flashy cover graphic.’
    true to life, lifelike, true, truthful, faithful, real-life, close, naturalistic, authentic, genuine, representational, graphic, convincing
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