the ability to accept and deal with difficult situations in a practical way, based on what is possible rather than what you would like to happen:
He has hope, but also a scientist's sense of realism.
the quality of being or seeming real:
the realism of the horses on the carousel
3 also RealismA
the style of art and literature in which things, especially unpleasant things, are shown or described as they really are in life [↪ idealism, romanticism]:
the tough realism of his early works