1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: unrealistic graphic hardheaded living hard-nosed virtual veridical real true-to-life down-to-earth down-to-earth true-to-life possible real practical
2. [ adjective ] representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
Synonyms: naturalistic

"realistic portraiture" "a realistic novel" "in naturalistic colors" "the school of naturalistic writers"

Related terms: representational
3. [ adjective ] of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism

"a realistic system of thought"

Related terms: realism
Similar spelling:   realist