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  1. practical.
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Origin of practic

1375–1425; late Middle English practik < Latin prācticus < Greek prāktikós, equivalent to prāk- (verbid stem of prā́ssein to do; see pragmatic, praxis) + -tikos -tic
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Examples from the Web for practic

Historical Examples

  • Here y'are, practic'ly on the equator in the middle of the summer, and it's colder than hell.

    The Man Who Hated Mars

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Whether the Transfusion may be practic'd upon pregnant Bitches, at least at certain times of their gravidation?

  • The actNotes and practic part of life is thus made the mistress of our theorique.

Word Origin and History for practic


late 14c., "a way of doing something, method; practice, custom, usage;" also "an applied science;" from Old French practique "practice, usage" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin practica "practice, practical knowledge," ultimately from Greek praktike "practical" (as opposed to "theoretical;" see practical). From early 15c. as "practical aspect or application of something; practice as opposed to theory;" also, "knowledge of the practical aspect of something, practical experience."

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