Pronunciation: (rē"u-lis'tik), [key]
1. interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical: a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.
2. pertaining to, characterized by, or given to the representation in literature or art of things as they really are: a realistic novel.
3. resembling or simulating real life: a duck hunter skilled at making realistic decoys.
4. Philos.of or pertaining to realists or realism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.