- 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
- 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 non-practical
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."
Idioms and Phrases with non-practical
see to all intents and (for all practical) purposes.