judging and dealing with situations in a practical way according to what is actually possible rather than what you would like to happen [≠ unrealistic]
it is not realistic to do something
It's just not realistic to expect a promotion so soon.
You need to be realistic about the amount you can do in a day.
a realistic aim or hope is one that it is possible to achieve [≠ unrealistic]:
Is this a realistic target?
I don't think they have a realistic chance of winning.
realistic pictures or stories show things as they are in real life:
a realistic portrayal of life in Victorian Britain