Real vs. Realistic - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Real (adjective)

    True, genuine, not merely nominal or apparent.

  • Real (adjective)

    Genuine, not artificial, counterfeit, or fake.

    "This is real leather."

  • Real (adjective)

    Genuine, unfeigned, sincere.

    "These are real tears!"

  • Real (adjective)

    Actually being, existing, or occurring; not fictitious or imaginary.

    "a description of real life"

  • Real (adjective)

    That has objective, physical existence.

    "No one has ever seen a real unicorn."

  • Real (adjective)

    Having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation; measured in purchasing power contrast nominal.

    "My dad calculated my family's real consumption per month."

    "What is the real GNP of this polity?"

  • Real (adjective)

    Relating to the result of the actions of rational agents; relating to neoclassical economic models as opposed to Keynesian models.

  • Real (adjective)

    Being either a rational number, or the limit of a convergent infinite sequence of rational numbers: being one of a set of numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line.

  • Real (adjective)

    Relating to immovable tangible property.

    "real estate;"

    "real property"

  • Real (adjective)

    Absolute, complete, utter.

    "This is a real problem."

  • Real (adjective)

    Signifying meritorious qualities or actions especially as regard the enjoyment of life, prowess at sports, or success wooing potential partners.

    "I'm keeping it real."

  • Real (adverb)

    Really, very.

  • Real (noun)

    A commodity; see realty.

  • Real (noun)

    One of the three genders that the common gender can be separated into in the Scandinavian languages.

  • Real (noun)

    A real number.

  • Real (noun)

    A realist.

  • Real (noun)

    Former unit of currency of Spain and Spain's colonies.

  • Real (noun)

    A coin worth one real.

  • Real (noun)

    A unit of currency used in Portugal and its colonies from 1430 until 1911, and in Brazil from 1790 until 1942

  • Real (noun)

    A coin worth one real.

  • Real (noun)

    A unit of currency used in Brazil since 1994. Symbol: R$.

  • Real (noun)

    A coin worth one real.

  • Realistic (adjective)

    Expressed or represented as being accurate, practicable, or not idealistic.

    "A realistic appraisal of the situation."

  • Realistic (adjective)

    Relating to the representation of objects, actions or conditions as they actually are or were.

    "A realistic novel about the Victorian poor."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Real (adjective)

    actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed

    "Julius Caesar was a real person"

    "her many illnesses, real and imaginary"

  • Real (adjective)

    used to emphasize the significance or seriousness of a situation

    "the competitive threat from overseas is very real"

    "there is a real danger of civil war"

  • Real (adjective)

    relating to something as it is, not merely as it may be described or distinguished

    "Locke's distinction between the real and nominal essence of substances"

  • Real (adjective)

    (of a thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine

    "the earring was presumably real gold"

  • Real (adjective)

    true or actual

    "this isn't my real reason for coming"

    "his real name is James"

  • Real (adjective)

    rightly so called; proper

    "he's my idea of a real man"

  • Real (adjective)

    complete; utter (used for emphasis)

    "the tour turned out to be a real disaster"

  • Real (adjective)

    adjusted for changes in the value of money; assessed by purchasing power

    "real incomes had fallen by 30 per cent"

    "an increase in real terms of 11.6 per cent"

  • Real (adjective)

    (of a number or quantity) having no imaginary part.

  • Real (adjective)

    (of an image) of a kind in which the light that forms it actually passes through it; not virtual.

  • Real (adverb)

    really; very

    "my head hurts real bad"

  • Real (noun)

    the basic monetary unit of Brazil since 1994, equal to 100 centavos.

  • Real (noun)

    a former coin and monetary unit of various Spanish-speaking countries.

  • Realistic (adjective)

    having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected

    "I thought we had a realistic chance of winning"

  • Realistic (adjective)

    representing things in a way that is accurate and true to life

    "a realistic human drama"

Webster Dictionary

  • Real (noun)

    A former small Spanish silver coin; also, a denomination of money of account, formerly the unit of the Spanish monetary system.

  • Real (noun)

    A realist.

  • Real (adjective)

    Royal; regal; kingly.

  • Real (adjective)

    Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, a description of real life.

  • Real (adjective)

    True; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit, or factitious; often opposed to ostensible; as, the real reason; real Madeira wine; real ginger.

  • Real (adjective)

    Relating to things, not to persons.

  • Real (adjective)

    Having an assignable arithmetical or numerical value or meaning; not imaginary.

  • Real (adjective)

    Pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, real property, in distinction from personal or movable property.

  • Realistic (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the realists; in the manner of the realists; characterized by realism rather than by imagination.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Real (noun)

    any rational or irrational number

  • Real (noun)

    an old small silver Spanish coin

  • Real (adjective)

    being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory;

    "real objects"

    "real people; not ghosts"

    "a film based on real life"

    "a real illness"

    "real humility"

    "Life is real! Life is earnest!"

  • Real (adjective)

    no less than what is stated; worthy of the name;

    "the real reason"

    "real war"

    "a real friend"

    "a real woman"

    "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal"

    "it's time he had a real job"

    "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money"

  • Real (adjective)

    being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something;

    "her actual motive"

    "a literal solitude like a desert"

    "a genuine dilemma"

  • Real (adjective)

    not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin;

    "real mink"

    "true gold"

  • Real (adjective)

    not to be taken lightly;

    "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"

    "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"

  • Real (adjective)

    possible to be treated as fact;

    "tangible evidence"

    "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

  • Real (adjective)

    being value measured in terms of purchasing power;

    "real prices"

    "real income"

    "real wages"

  • Real (adjective)

    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary;

    "the substantial world"

    "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"

    "most ponderous and substantial things"

  • Real (adjective)

    (of property) fixed or immovable;

    "real property consists of land and buildings; real estate"

  • Real (adjective)

    coinciding with reality;

    "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"

  • Real (adjective)

    founded on practical matters;

    "a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"

  • Real (adverb)

    used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal;

    "she was very gifted"

    "he played very well"

    "a really enjoyable evening"

    "I'm real sorry about it"

    "a rattling good yarn"

  • Realistic (adjective)

    aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are;

    "a realistic description"

    "a realistic view of the possibilities"

    "a realistic appraisal of our chances"

    "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"

  • Realistic (adjective)

    representing what is real; not abstract or ideal;

    "realistic portraiture"

    "a realistic novel"

    "in naturalistic colors"

    "the school of naturalistic writers"

  • Realistic (adjective)

    of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism;

    "a realistic system of thought"

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