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Actually, in fact, especially as opposed to theoretically or
In practice this contraption seems to work, although no one knows how or why
Second half of 1500s
put into practice
In the exercise of a particular profession, as in
She's an obstetrician and has been in practice for at least ten years
In a state of being exercised so as to maintain one's skill, as in
This trumpeter is always in practice
For an antonym, see
out of practice
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