[ 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"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Technically it was fascinating , aurally spell-binding , and dramatically quite realistic .

Many Hollywood films manage somehow to be authentic , but not realistic .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

There is nothing to suggest that the brain can alter past impressions to fit into an original , realistic and unbroken continuity like we experience in dreams .

If the photographically realistic continuity of dreams , however bizarre their combinations , denies that it is purely a composition of the brain , it must be compounded from views of diverse realities , although some of them may never be encountered in what we are pleased to call the real_life .

But , in denying any physical reality for this dream , how could the brain possibly compose that realistic , vividly visual continuity uninterrupted by misty fadeout , violent break or sudden substitution ?

[ adjective ] representing what is real; not abstract or ideal




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

Used in print

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

The `` moving '' picture of the train or the wave coming at the audience is , to_be_sure , more intense than a still picture of the same subject , but the difference is really one of degree ; the cinematic element of time is merely used to increase the realism of an object which would still be reasonably realistic in a still photo .

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[ adjective ] of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism


"a realistic system of thought"

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