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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to or expressing an awareness of things as they really are: She gave us a realistic appraisal of our chances.
  • adj. Of or relating to the representation of objects, actions, or social conditions as they actually are: a realistic novel about ghetto life. See Synonyms at graphic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. expressed or represented as being accurate.
  • adj. Relating to the representation of objects, actions or conditions as they actually are or were.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the realists; in the manner of the realists; characterized by realism rather than by imagination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the realists in philosophy; characteristic of speculative realism.
  • Exhibiting or characterized by realism in description or representation; objectively real or literal; lifelike, usually in a bad or depreciatory sense: as, a realistic novel or painting; a realistic account of a murder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
  • adj. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism
  • adj. aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

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