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adjective realistic pronunciation in American English /ˌriəˈlɪstɪk/
  1. 1
    based on facts and situations as they really are

    It is time to make a realistic assessment of the danger.

    Changing your job is the only realistic solution.

    He has a realistic chance of winning a seat in the election.

    it is realistic to do something:

    I don't think it's very realistic to expect her to help us.

  2. 2
    able to understand and accept things as they really are

    He's never going to agree to that. Be realistic!

    realistic about:

    The recession has made people more realistic about what they can afford to buy.

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