- of or relating to practice or action: practical mathematics.
- consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action: a practical application of a rule.
- of, relating to, or concerned with ordinary activities, business, or work: a habitual dreamer, who can't be bothered with practical affairs.
- adapted or designed for actual use; useful: practical instructions.
- engaged or experienced in actual practice or work: a practical politician credited with much legislation.
- inclined toward or fitted for actual work or useful activities: looking for a practical person to fill this position.
- mindful of the results, usefulness, advantages or disadvantages, etc., of action or procedure.
- matter-of-fact; prosaic.
- being such in practice or effect; virtual: Her promotion to manager is a practical certainty.
- Theater. practicable(def 3).
Origin of practical
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Examples from the Web for practicality
The naysayers that Hoffman encountered along the way still have questions about the practicality of the vaccine he is creating.The Robot That Could Kill Malaria
May 8, 2014
Contributions are going to be a lot less about ideology, and a lot more about practicality.Can Rand Paul Make It Rain?
March 12, 2014
All that notwithstanding, when did practicality have much leverage on a boardwalk?Leave Seaside’s Roller Coaster in the Ocean as a Symbol of Sandy’s Craziness
December 1, 2012
The union was driven as much by practicality as it was by love, says Kole.A Soldier and a Cadet, Quietly Together Under DADT, Survive A Sexual Assault
October 11, 2012
His move required a bit of audacity as well as practicality.Obama Comes Full Circle In Gay-Marriage Evolution
May 9, 2012
I'm sure Lady Eynesford teaches her household the value of practicality.Half a Hero
His practicality interested me, and I stayed the service out.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
In my time there was not the call for practicality that there is today.
The devil can quote Scripture, and law, and morality and reason and practicality.A Preface to Politics
Practicality is compatible with romance as well as with rascality.Under the Waves
R M Ballantyne
- of, involving, or concerned with experience or actual use; not theoretical
- of or concerned with ordinary affairs, work, etc
- adapted or adaptable for use
- of, involving, or trained by practice
- being such for all useful or general purposes; virtual
- an examination in the practical skills of a subjecta science practical
Word Origin and History for practicality
early 15c., practicale "of or pertaining to matters of practice; applied," with -al (1) + earlier practic (adj.) "dealing with practical matters, applied, not merely theoretical" (early 15c.), or practic (n.) "method, practice, use" (late 14c.). In some cases directly from Old French practique (adj.) "fit for action," earlier pratique (13c.) and Medieval Latin practicalis, from Late Latin practicus "practical, active," from Greek praktikos "fit for action, fit for business; business-like, practical; active, effective, vigorous," from praktos "done; to be done," verbal adjective of prassein, prattein "to do, act, effect, accomplish."