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practical

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adjective prac·ti·cal \ˈprak-ti-kəl\

Definition of practical

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action :  not theoretical or ideal a practical question for all practical purposesb :  being such in practice or effect :  virtual a practical failure

  2. 2 :  actively engaged in some course of action or occupation a practical farmer

  3. 3 :  capable of being put to use or account :  useful he had a practical knowledge of French

  4. 4a :  disposed to action as opposed to speculation or abstractionb (1) :  qualified by practice or practical training a good practical mechanic (2) :  designed to supplement theoretical training by experience

  5. 5 :  concerned with voluntary action and ethical decisions practical reason

practicality

play \ˌprak-ti-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

practicalness

play \ˈprak-ti-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of practical in a Sentence

  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. practical solutions to complicated problems

  5. He thinks wind can be a practical source of renewable energy.

  6. The machine is too big to be practical for most private homes.

  7. The shoes are nice, but they're not very practical.

  8. The book is a practical guide to car care.

  9. He gave me some practical advice on finding a job.

Origin and Etymology of practical

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


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practical

noun prac·ti·cal

Definition of practical

  1. :  an examination requiring demonstration of some practical skill a zoology practical

Examples of practical in a Sentence

  1. We have our zoology practicals next week.

1925

First Known Use of practical

1925



PRACTICAL Defined for English Language Learners

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practical

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adjective prac·ti·cal \ˈprak-ti-kəl\

Definition of practical for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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practical

noun prac·ti·cal

Definition of practical for English Language Learners

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


PRACTICAL Defined for Kids

practical

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adjective prac·ti·cal \ˈprak-ti-kəl\

Definition of practical for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to real action rather than ideas or thought practical matters

  2. 2 :  capable of being put to use :  reasonable to do or use practical advice Those shoes are nice, but these are more practical.

  3. 3 :  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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