adjective prac·ti·cal \ˈprak-ti-kəl\

: relating to what is real rather than to what is possible or imagined

: likely to succeed and reasonable to do or use

: appropriate or suited for actual use

Full Definition of PRACTICAL

a :  of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action :  not theoretical or ideal <a practical question> <for all practical purposes>
b :  being such in practice or effect :  virtual <a practical failure>
:  actively engaged in some course of action or occupation <a practical farmer>
:  capable of being put to use or account :  useful <he had a practical knowledge of French>
a :  disposed to action as opposed to speculation or abstraction
b (1) :  qualified by practice or practical training <a good practical mechanic>
(2) :  designed to supplement theoretical training by experience
:  concerned with voluntary action and ethical decisions <practical reason>
prac·ti·cal·i·ty \ˌprak-ti-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
prac·ti·cal·ness \ˈprak-ti-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of PRACTICAL

  1. We can speculate about the future, but on a more practical level, we have to admit that we simply don't know what will happen.
  2. An engineer will address the design's practical problems.
  3. She has a lot of practical experience in dealing with these kinds of problems.
  4. The books suggests some practical ways to save money.
  5. practical solutions to complicated problems
  6. He thinks wind can be a practical source of renewable energy.
  7. The machine is too big to be practical for most private homes.
  8. The shoes are nice, but they're not very practical.
  9. The book is a practical guide to car care.
  10. He gave me some practical advice on finding a job.


Middle English, from Late Latin practicus, from Greek praktikos, from prassein to pass over, fare, do; akin to Greek peran to pass through — more at fare
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with PRACTICAL



: an examination in which students have to do or make something to show what they have learned

Full Definition of PRACTICAL

:  an examination requiring demonstration of some practical skill <a zoology practical>

Examples of PRACTICAL

  1. We have our zoology practicals next week.

First Known Use of PRACTICAL

PRACTICALITY Defined for Kids


adjective prac·ti·cal \ˈprak-ti-kəl\

Definition of PRACTICAL for Kids

:  of or relating to real action rather than ideas or thought <practical matters>
:  capable of being put to use :  reasonable to do or use <practical advice> <Those shoes are nice, but these are more practical.>
:  tending to act according to reason and logic <Beezus, always practical, changed her mind. “It wouldn't work.” — Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby> <a practical person>


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