in practice

idiom

used to say what is actually done or what the actual effect or result of something is
The software is designed to block pornographic websites, but in practice, it blocks many other sites as well.
In actual practice, people sometimes forget to take their medication.

Examples of in practice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the straightforward Sun in your legalistic 9th house clashes against subversive Uranus in your 12th House of Secrets, the person in charge on paper probably isn’t who calls the shots in practice. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 Here’s my interpretation of Saito, the theorist, in practice: Live in a small apartment rather than a big, drafty house. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 Aiyuk was irked that his coach that week in practice pulled him off kickoff and punt returns. Joe Davidson, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 This type of design has fallen out of fashion but was in vogue when the original came out and still works well in practice. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 But Frum gets wrong what was new about Wilson, while yet again being forced by the facts to acknowledge that his foreign policy in practice was a colossal failure. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 6 Feb. 2024 The 6-3 and 334 pounds Powers-Johnson has the size and athleticism to excel in any scheme and acquitted himself in one-on-ones, even lining up at guard in practice. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 3 Feb. 2024 But for the victims of such images, legal remedies and platform policies often don’t mean much in practice. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2024 That’s bad in principle and, as drivers may discover, in practice. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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“In practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20practice. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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