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re·al·is·tic / ˌrēəˈlistik/ • adj. 1. having 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.2. representing familiar things in a way that is accurate or true to life: a realistic human drama.DERIVATIVES: re·al·is·ti·cal·ly / -ik(ə)lē/ adv. realistically, there was little prospect of any improvement.