• WordNet 3.6
    • adj realistic aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are "a realistic description","a realistic view of the possibilities","a realistic appraisal of our chances","the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"
    • adj realistic representing what is real; not abstract or ideal "realistic portraiture","a realistic novel","in naturalistic colors","the school of naturalistic writers"
    • adj realistic of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism "a realistic system of thought"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Realistic Of or pertaining to the realists; in the manner of the realists; characterized by realism rather than by imagination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • realistic Of or pertaining to the realists in philosophy; characteristic of speculative realism.
    • realistic Exhibiting or characterized by realism in description or representation; objectively real or literal; lifelike, usually in a bad or depreciatory sense: as, a realistic novel or painting; a realistic account of a murder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Realistic pertaining to the realists or to realism: life-like
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  • Walt Disney
    “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
  • Henry Christopher Bailey
    Henry Christopher Bailey
    “In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
  • James Fenton
    James Fenton
    “Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.”
  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist.”
  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “In order to be realist you must believe in miracles.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “A am realistic -- I expect miracles.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. realis—L. res, a thing.


In literature:

He is a thorough realist, and finds no satisfaction in contemplating what he may not possess.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
The first thing that strikes us in the art of Correggio is, that he has aimed at the realistic representation of pure unrealities.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
Some soul-secrets are so terrible that the most hardened realist of us may well shrink from laying them bare.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
Suffice it to say that he had such an end as his own realistic pen might have satirically craved.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
Dragon broods of miniature motor cars nested in realistic garages.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
The martyrdom of St Edmund in the next spandrel is a most realistic picture.
"The Evolution Of An English Town" by Gordon Home
He was the originator of a natural, realistic, and sympathetic school of literary criticism.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
A novelist, then, is realistic or not realistic according to the views which he and his reader entertain of nature.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
The burden of doctrine is the unconditioned or realistic, pantheism.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
It feels as though it had been written by one of the new school of Chicago realists.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley

In poetry:

We looked in silence down across the distant
Unfathomable reach:
A silence broken by the guide's consistent
And realistic speech.
"The Hawk's Nest" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

The time and attention to detail in the hair of Merida, the main character in "Brave," is more than just about making her look realistic on screen.
If you want to pass for a ghoul when the zombie apocalypse comes, this Wired video will help you achieve that realistic undead look.
(OK, maybe flying, but let's be realistic here).
As a realist, Mixon also recognizes the need to spend time promoting our books.
A fine cast and a realistic touch give the charming farce a sweetness and emotional intimacy.
"Guy from the Urals" is an example of Socialist Realist art.
But according to Jay Kornegay, there are zero realistic ones.
This is where his call for realists stems.
Billed as the world's largest model train set , it sports eight miles of track and features realistic replicas of parts of Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the USA.
A realistic animation of, say, Britney Spears appears on your computer screen.
Type-casting : Politicians add realistic touch to Matt Damon's "Adjustment Bureau".
Though I haven't clocked myself, I'd say 30 word a minute is more realistic.
Isn't it time we got realistic and honest about Social Security.
When guests visit zoos, they do not always notice the trees immediately, but when they seek out shelter from the heat or when they enjoy the realistic design of an exhibit, they start to see the important role trees play.
Realistic alternatives to traditional two-week vacations.

In science:

It can be shown that for C > 0.06, ρ and q2 are positive and the solution is physically realistic.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Even the simplest constant z leads to special functions or non-integrable equations for y when p is chosen physically realistic.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Probably, all models in the series have a range of µ where they are physically realistic.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
It is evident from Eq. (11) that as ω (φ) → ∞, φ is tending to a constant value (1). A should not vanish in this limit since A is independent of ω (φ). a(t) must be bounded for any realistic theory of gravity.
General relativity limit of the scalar-tensor theories for traceless matter field
Furthermore, if we activate the hadronization and decay, we can obtain realistic events which can be passed to detector simulators.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions