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I am looking for a single word for describing dolls that looks like real human beings.

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Lifelike would seem to be the obvious choice.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifelike

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+1 for good choice of word and citation. –  MετάEd Jan 4 '12 at 20:46
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Verisimilitude captures for 'close to real'.

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If you are looking for an adjective which means apparently (but not actually) real, try virtual. Using the adjective form, you could say the dolls are virtually human.¹

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If you want to say that they look like humans, try humanoid.

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This seems to me to imply human shape, but not almost real in appearance as the OP requested. –  MετάEd Jan 4 '12 at 20:45
    
@MetaEd The body of the question says that the dolls look like humans, so this answer applies to those. Downvote if you like, but I think it applies. –  Mahnax Jan 4 '12 at 20:49
    
Not a downvote; it's helpful, as you say, but I do think it misses the point. The OP requsted a word for "almost real in appearance". –  MετάEd Jan 4 '12 at 21:10
    
@MetaEd By that logic, Irene's answer should also be downvoted. –  Mahnax Jan 4 '12 at 21:28
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Verisimilitude is a noun. Verisimilar is appropriate but sounds like two words.

Would realistic fit the bill?

Other alternatives are naturalistic, graphic, vivid, convincing, compelling

The last word is my preferred option

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Dolls of human size which are used for showing clothes in shop windows are called mannequins.

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It may be obvious, it may be literal and it may be hyphenated but how about:

The dolls were so human-like

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