Realist definition

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A person concerned with real things and practical matters rather than those that are imaginary or visionary.
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A practitioner of artistic or philosophic realism.
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One who is inclined to literal truth and pragmatism.
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An artist or writer whose work is characterized by realism.
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A believer in or advocate of realism.
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The definition of a realist is a person who can look at things as they are and deal with it in a practical manner, or an artist or philosopher who believes in showing and discussing realism rather than visionary thoughts.

A person who knows that she needs to make improvements in her life, who can recognize the situation and her problems and who makes plans to deal with them, is an example of a realist.

Immaneul Kant, a German philosopher famous for the idea of the moral obligation which he called the "Categorical Imperative", is an example of a realist.

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(philosophy) An advocate of realism; one who believes that matter, objects etc. have real existence beyond our perception of them.
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One who believes in seeing things the way they really are, as opposed to how they would like them to be.
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(art, literature) An adherent of the realism movement; an artist who seeks to portray real everyday life accurately.
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realist
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Origin of realist