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practical

[ prak-ti-kuhl ]
/ ˈpræk tɪ kəl /
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adjective

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Origin of practical

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English. See practic, -al1
7. Practical, judicious, sensible refer to good judgment in action, conduct, and the handling of everyday matters. Practical suggests the ability to adopt means to an end or to turn what is at hand to account: to adopt practical measures for settling problems. Judicious implies the possession and use of discreet judgment, discrimination, and balance: a judicious use of one's time. Sensible implies the possession and use of sound reason and shrewd common sense: a sensible suggestion.
possible, practicable, practical (see synonym study at possible)
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British Dictionary definitions for practical

practical
/ (ˈpræktɪkəl) /

adjective

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

noun

an examination in the practical skills of a subjecta science practical
practicality or practicalness, noun
C17: from earlier practic, from French pratique, via Late Latin from Greek praktikos, from prassein to experience, negotiate, perform
A distinction is usually made between practical and practicable. Practical refers to a person, idea, project, etc, as being more concerned with or relevant to practice than theory: he is a very practical person; the idea had no practical application. Practicable refers to a project or idea as being capable of being done or put into effect: the plan was expensive, yet practicable
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Idioms and Phrases with practical

practical

see to all intents and (for all practical) purposes.

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