practical effect

[ prak-ti-kuhl i-fekt ]

nounMovies, Television.
  1. Usually practical effects . a special effect that is created live on the set of a film, using real-world objects.

Origin of practical effect

First recorded in 1980–85

Words Nearby practical effect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use practical effect in a sentence

  • The debate might have been held in any of the last dozen Sessions, with as much practical effect.

    Sir Walter Ralegh | William Stebbing
  • The actual practical effect with her is that she succeeds often in wisely deceiving, while intending to be perfectly sincere.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking | Isabella Alden
  • The practical effect of such an adjustment is to make the tide-agitated body turn a constant face towards its tormentor.

    Time and Tide | Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball
  • practical effect was to be given to this principle by the Court before proceeding to divorce.

    The Law and the Poor | Edward Abbott Parry
  • He issued his commands and it was for the gens du mtier to give practical effect to them.

    Oscar Wilde | Leonard Cresswell Ingleby