prac·ti·cal·ly | \ ˈprak-ti-k(ə-)lē \

Definition of practically 

1 : in a practical manner look practically at the problem

2 : almost, nearly practically everyone

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Examples of practically in a Sentence

The room's ceiling was so low that we practically had to crawl. I talk to him practically everyday. The project is practically complete. Football is practically a religion in some places. Practically speaking, Alaska is too far to go for just a few days.
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Since the period covered by those figures, Trump has initiated a full-scale trade conflict with China, threatening to impose taxes on practically everything the U.S. imports from China. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 And for the World Cup in 2018, bleach on top and shaved on the sides is practically rote. Dan Adler, Vanities, "The World Cup Is Halfway Over, Here’s What Comes Next," 29 June 2018 Together with the decorated choice of Dumas in the driving seat, the ambition was practically screaming in our faces. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 The McNugget may be a ubiquitous American symbol of food economy, but the industry that created it, the movie argues, is practically Soviet in its centralized, controlling design. Robert Abele,, "'Eating Animals' review: Natalie Portman, Jonathan Safran Foer want you to care about where your meat comes from," 12 July 2018 The focus is as scattered as Wayne’s wild werewolf brood, practically forgetting about Drac’s son-in-law Johnny (Andy Samberg) and beloved grandson, Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), the second film’s center, in favor of continuous gags. Kimber Walsh,, "Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' hits the open seas with its creature comforts intact," 12 July 2018 Hillary Clinton received 94% of the vote in this part of the Bronx, a result that was a few points down on Barack Obama’s practically Belarusian score of 97% four years earlier. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 In the end, Justice Kavanaugh is practically inevitable. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Whom Do Red-State Democrats Fear Most?," 11 July 2018 The group was previously missing with practically no food or water for nine days. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trade war will tariff us apart," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of practically

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of practically

: almost or nearly

: in a way that is reasonable or logical : in a practical way


prac·ti·cal·ly | \ ˈprak-ti-kə-lē \

Kids Definition of practically

1 : almost It rained practically all night.

2 : in a way that is reasonable or logical Practically speaking, it's too far to drive.

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the setting in which something occurs

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