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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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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And practically speaking, a Facebook page may actually be more widely available to the market than an SEC 8-K form. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "“A huge outlier”: Musk’s Tesla buyout tweet could get him in legal trouble," 15 Aug. 2018 But, practically speaking, some caregivers might have no idea where to turn for that kind of help. Beth Kassab,, "Caregivers need to focus on themselves too — and ask for help," 11 July 2018 Oh there are no controls over Mueller practically speaking. Fox News, "Tom Fitton: FBI looked for excuses to target Trump's team," 7 July 2018 Matthew Shay, 27, a substance abuse counselor who handles the intake for the pilot program, said the washrooms offer hope to people struggling with homelessness — both symbolically and practically speaking. Manya Brachear Pashman,, "Catholic Charities unveils showers for homeless in Chicago," 18 June 2018 This stylish Transformable coffee table by Boulon Blanc practically transforms itself into a dining table or work space. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Boulon Blanc's Convertible Table Practically Transforms Itself," 18 Jan. 2019 Hundreds of miles of the most beautiful powdered snow are practically at your doorstep. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "What to Do in St. Moritz During January," 7 Jan. 2019 Stormi was born on February 1, 2018, after her mom was extremely secretive about her pregnancy, and managed to keep it practically a secret from the world. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Posts Two Stunning Mother-Daughter Portraits Ahead of Stormi’s First Birthday," 30 Dec. 2018 Price of Climate Series More practically, action on climate change may not be priced in. WSJ, "What Could Go Wrong With Climate Change Investing," 13 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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