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

adj 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”
capable of happening or existing
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
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
not realistic
not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with
not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters
lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
produced by a wildly fanciful imagination
delusive, false
inappropriate to reality or facts
fantastic, wild
fanciful and unrealistic; foolish
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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adj representing what is real; not abstract or ideal

realistic portraiture”
“a realistic novel”
(used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen

adj of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism

“a realistic system of thought”

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