Definition of practical
- a practical question
- for all practical purposes
- a practical failure
- a practical farmer
- he had a practical knowledge of French
- a good practical mechanic
- practical reason
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.
An engineer will address the design's practical problems.
She has a lot of practical experience in dealing with these kinds of problems.
practical solutions to complicated problems
He thinks wind can be a practical source of renewable energy.
The machine is too big to be practical for most private homes.
The shoes are nice, but they're not very practical.
The book is a practical guide to car care.
He gave me some practical advice on finding a job.
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We have our zoology practicals next week.
: 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
: an examination in which students have to do or make something to show what they have learned
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