What does realist mean?

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ˈri ə lɪstre·al·ist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. realistnoun

    a philosopher who believes that universals are real and exist independently of anyone thinking of them

  2. realistnoun

    a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly

  3. realistnoun

    a painter who represents the world realistically and not in an idealized or romantic style


  1. Realistnoun

    a person who avoids unrealistic or impractical beliefs or efforts. Contrasted to idealist or visionary.


  1. realistnoun

    An advocate of realism; one who believes that matter, objects etc. have real existence beyond our perception of them.

  2. realistnoun

    One who believes in seeing things the way they really are, as opposed to how they would like them to be.

  3. realistnoun

    An adherent of the realism movement; an artist who seeks to portray real everyday life accurately.


  1. realist

    A realist is a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are, accepting and dealing with situations as they exist, in a practical manner rather than according to idealistic or theoretical concepts. They tend to be practical, pragmatic, and often somewhat skeptical, basing opinions and actions on the reality of a situation rather than on hopes, dreams or abstract ideas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realistnoun

    one who believes in realism; esp., one who maintains that generals, or the terms used to denote the genera and species of things, represent real existences, and are not mere names, as maintained by the nominalists

  2. Realistnoun

    an artist or writer who aims at realism in his work. See Realism, 2

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. raliste.]

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  1. A-lister

  2. Raelist

  3. railest

  4. retails

  5. saltier

  6. saltire

  7. aletris

  8. listera

  9. alister

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of realist in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of realist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of realist in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Haeni:

    As a businessman I am a realist and had reckoned with 15 percent support, now it looks like more than 20 percent or maybe even 25 percent. I find that fabulous and sensational, when I see the media interest, from abroad as well, then I say we are setting a trend.

  2. Eric Hoffer:

    The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

  3. The President:

    Of course, I don't agree with the Supreme Court ruling but I'm a realist when it comes to legislation on the floor of the Senate and the House, it's doubtful that anything is going to move forward.

  4. George W. Bush, speech, November 19, 1999:

    In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear-eyed realist. There are limits to the smiles and scowls of diplomacy. Armies and missiles are not stopped by stiff notes of condemnation. They are held in check by strength and purpose and the promise of swift punishment.

  5. Michael Gove:

    I am a realist, a lot of the things about politics is that you mustn't, you shouldn't, make the perfect the enemy of the good. And one of the things about this compromise is that it unites the cabinet.

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