Origin of practically
A few usage guides object to the use of practically in the senses “in effect, virtually” and “almost, nearly.” Both uses, however, are well established and standard in all varieties of speech and writing.
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Examples from the Web for practically
In that country at that moment, the Catholics have practically disappeared.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
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And, thanks to a transparent hull, exploring the deep and spotting rare marine life is practically a cinch.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
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The Industrial Revolution and Victorian practically erased the holiday in England.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
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One bite too many, and I could look down and practically see my thighs expanding before my eyes.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
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Rising up from scooping bay, the steep topography—hemmed by hills of evergreens—promises panoramas at practically every turn.Next Stop, Quito: Our Top Cities for 2015
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If you think it is I'll tell you something that isn't: Avice practically refused him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Practically that is all we ever get from group-impulse—an act of courtesy.
That is, theoretically we may ascribe them to God, but practically we dissociate Him from them.
When the fire was vanquished, it had practically completed its work of destruction.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Its texture is practically the same as that of the other cake.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
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- virtually; almostit has rained practically every day
- in actuality rather than in theorywhat can we do practically to help?
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Word Origin and History for practically
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