- 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 practical
A practical man who refused to run from the dreams that always drove him.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
This government obligation is limited by practical considerations of safety and security.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
On a practical level, readers are attracted to books that they can read in short bits.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
We made it practical to give Dunham a $3.7 million book advance for penning her memoir—at 28.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
Those nontraditional families that cannot produce children are, from such a perspective, of no practical value.What’s the Catholic Church’s Problem With Couples Without Children?
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 26, 2014
The Phoenicians, before all else, were practical business men.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Better be common-sensed and practical, taking things as they are.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
The thoughts of the men of that day were as practical as their sentiments were patriotic.
I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first.
But one remark was at once singularly philosophical and 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 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 practical
see to all intents and (for all practical) purposes.