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[ adjective ] aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

Examples

"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 ?

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

Synonyms

naturalistic

Examples

"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 .

Related terms

representational

3
[ adjective ] of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism

Examples

"a realistic system of thought"

Related terms

realism

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