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Realistic vs. Practical

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Wikipedia
  • 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."

  • Practical (noun)

    A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability

  • Practical (adjective)

    Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis

    "Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking."

  • Practical (adjective)

    Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use

    "Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts."

  • Practical (adjective)

    Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical

    "All in all, Jack's a very practical chap."

Wiktionary
  • 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"

  • Practical (adjective)

    of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas

    "there are two obvious practical applications of the research"

  • Practical (adjective)

    (of an idea, plan, or method) likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances; feasible

    "neither of these strategies are practical for smaller businesses"

  • Practical (adjective)

    suitable for a particular purpose

    "a practical, stylish kitchen"

  • Practical (adjective)

    (of a person) sensible and realistic in their approach to a situation or problem

    "I'm merely being practical—we must find a ground-floor flat"

  • Practical (adjective)

    (of a person) skilled at manual tasks

    "Steve'll fix it—he's quite practical"

  • Practical (adjective)

    so nearly the case that it can be regarded as so; virtual

    "for all practical purposes, she's his girlfriend"

  • Practical (noun)

    an examination or lesson in which theories and procedures learned are applied to the actual making or doing of something.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Realistic (adjective)

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

  • Practical (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to practice or action.

  • Practical (adjective)

    Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry.

  • Practical (adjective)

    Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind.

  • Practical (adjective)

    Derived from practice; as, practical skill.

Webster Dictionary
  • 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"

  • Practical (adjective)

    concerned with actual use or practice;

    "he is a very practical person"

    "the idea had no practical application"

    "a practical knowledge of Japanese"

    "woodworking is a practical art"

  • Practical (adjective)

    guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory;

    "a hardheaded appraisal of our position"

    "a hard-nosed labor leader"

    "completely practical in his approach to business"

    "not ideology but pragmatic politics"

  • Practical (adjective)

    being actually such in almost every respect;

    "a practical failure"

    "the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"

  • Practical (adjective)

    having or put to a practical purpose or use;

    "practical mathematics"

    "practical applications of calculus"

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