|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" "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"
|Related terms:||unrealistic graphic hardheaded living hard-nosed virtual veridical real true-to-life down-to-earth down-to-earth true-to-life possible real practical|
|2.||[ adjective ] representing what is real; not abstract or ideal|
"realistic portraiture" "a realistic novel" "in naturalistic colors" "the school of naturalistic writers"
|3.||[ adjective ] of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism|
"a realistic system of thought"