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practical

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of practical

  1. 1 capable of being put to use or account <a practical and simple solution for the town's waste disposal> <she has some practical information on sightseeing in San Francisco> Synonyms actionable, applicable, applicative, applied, functional, practicable, serviceable, ultrapractical, usable (also useable), useful, workable, working Related Words down-to-earth, pragmatic (also pragmatical), utilitarian; banausic, mundane; accessible, available, obtainable, reachable; all-around (also all-round), handy; active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, operating, operative Near Antonyms abstract, academic (also academical), armchair, theoretical (also theoretic); inaccessible, unattainable, unavailable, unobtainable, unreachable; unsuitable Antonyms impracticable, impractical, inapplicable, nonpractical, unusable, unworkable, useless

  2. 2 willing to see things as they really are and deal with them sensibly <a practical caseworker who doesn't spend a lot of time philosophizing while doing social work in the inner city> Synonyms down-to-earth, earthy, hardheaded, matter-of-fact, realistic, pragmatic (also pragmatical)Related Words idealless, philistine, utilitarian; commonsensical, grounded, levelheaded, logical, no-nonsense, rational, reasonable, sane, sensible, sober, sobersided, sound; bottom-line, hard, hard-boiled, hard-edged, tough-minded, unromantic, unsentimental; cynical, disillusioned, misanthropic, pessimistic; distrustful, mistrustful, skeptical, suspiciousNear Antonyms fanciful, fantastic (also fantastical), imaginative; romantic, sentimental; cheerful, optimistic, rose-colored; trustful, trusting, unsuspicious; half-baked, illogical, insane, irrational, unreasonable; theoretical (also theoretic)Antonyms blue-sky, idealistic, impractical, unrealistic, utopian, visionary





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