prac·​ti·​cal·​ly | \ ˈprak-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce practically (audio) \

Definition of practically

1 : in a practical manner look practically at the problem
2 : almost, nearly practically everyone

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Synonyms for practically


about, all but, almost, borderline, fair [chiefly British], fairly, feckly [chiefly Scottish], more or less, most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh

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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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The site protects itself from legal threats by removing copyrighted content, but allows practically everything else onto the site without limits. Anchorage Daily News, "3 mass shootings this year began with a hateful screed on 8chan, whose founder calls it a terrorist refuge in plain sight," 4 Aug. 2019 The Chicago mega-festival is saving the best for last; top-of-the-bill headliner Ariana Grande will be closing out the four-day festival in Grant Park, practically guaranteeing a major final-day attendance boost. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Cincinnati, Lollapalooza, Hurricanes Erick and Flossie: 5 things to know Thursday," 1 Aug. 2019 The sight of kids drawing on the pavement with sidewalk chalk is practically guaranteed to induce a bout of nostalgia. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Sidewalk chalk drawings have a colorful 500-year history," 22 June 2019 While heavy trading is practically guaranteed on Friday, big price moves are harder to predict. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Traders Prep for ‘Quad Witching’ Amid Market Gains," 21 June 2019 Unfortunately, the methodology used to calculate it and the ecological footprint on which it is based is conceptually flawed and practically unusable in any science or policy context. Robert B. Richardson, The Conversation, "Resource depletion is a serious problem, but ‘footprint’ estimates don’t tell us much about it," 24 July 2019 The role as portrayed by Kevin Costner is practically synonymous with the actor and his lengthy career association with baseball flicks (see: Bull Durham, For the Love of the Game, etc.). Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Kevin Costner says Robin Williams almost played his part in Field of Dreams," 22 June 2019 In some European countries, social democratic parties have practically disappeared from the political scene, and even in former strongholds like Germany and Scandinavia their vote shares are at historic lows. Sheri Berman, Vox, "The development and decay of democracy," 18 June 2019 Thankfully, these fats have practically been eliminated from the food supply due to a 2015 FDA ruling banning trans fats. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Everything you need to know about fats, according to a registered dietitian," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of practically

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of practically was in 1571

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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 How to pronounce practically (audio) \

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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a period when something is suspended

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