realistic

If your friend says she is going to fly on wings made of wax, you might tell her to "be realistic!" What you mean is, "In the real world, that is not going to happen."

While you might really want to go to an Ivy League college, it's probably more realistic to apply to state schools if your grades aren't that good. A movie can be called realistic if it seems to represent life as it is. Do you ever wonder if reality TV is more realistic than scripted television? The jury is still out on that, but most people agree that if you're being realistic, what matters most about a TV show are its ratings.

Definitions of realistic
  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”
    Synonyms:
    possible
    capable of happening or existing
    practical
    concerned with actual use or practice
    existent, real
    being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
    down-to-earth, earthy
    sensible and practical
    hard-nosed, hardheaded, practical, pragmatic
    guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
    graphic, lifelike, pictorial, vivid
    evoking lifelike images within the mind
    living
    true to life; lifelike
    true to life, true-to-life
    representing things or actions or conditions as they actually are
    real, veridical
    coinciding with reality
    practical, virtual
    being actually such in almost every respect
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    Antonyms:
    unrealistic
    not realistic
    impossible
    not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with
    impractical
    not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters
    unreal
    lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
    chimerical
    produced by a wildly fanciful imagination
    delusive, false
    inappropriate to reality or facts
    fantastic, wild
    fanciful and unrealistic; foolish
    kafkaesque
    characterized by surreal distortion and a sense of impending danger
    phantasmagoric, phantasmagorical, surreal, surrealistic
    characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions
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  2. adjective
    representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
    realistic portraiture”
    “a realistic novel”
    synonyms: naturalistic
    representational
    (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen
  3. adjective
    of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism
    “a realistic system of thought”
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