One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘you've got to be realistic and accept what has happened’
practical, pragmatic, matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, sensible, commonsensical
rational, logical, reasonable, level-headed, clear-sighted, hard-headed, businesslike, sober, unromantic, unsentimental, unidealistic, tough-minded, robust, hard-boiled, unemotional
informal with both feet on the ground, with one's feet on the ground, hard-nosed, no-nonsense
2‘a regional settlement remains an important and realistic aim’
achievable, attainable, feasible, practicable, within the bounds of possibility, viable, reasonable, sensible, logical, workable
3‘the film was not intended to be a realistic portrayal of the war’
true to life, lifelike, true, truthful, faithful, real-life, close, naturalistic, authentic, genuine, representational, graphic, convincing
informal kitchen-sink, warts and all
rare verisimilar, veristic, speaking
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