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practically

[ prak-tik-lee ]
/ ˈpræk tɪk li /
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adverb

in effect; virtually: It is practically useless to protest.
in a practical manner: to think practically.
from a practical point of view: Practically speaking, the plan is not very promising.
almost; nearly: Their provisions were practically gone.

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Origin of practically

First recorded in 1615–25; practical + -ly
A few usage guides object to the use of practically in the senses “in effect, virtually” and “almost, nearly.” Both uses, however, are well established and standard in all varieties of speech and writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for practically

practically
/ (ˈpræktɪkəlɪ, -klɪ) /

adverb

virtually; almostit has rained practically every day
in actuality rather than in theorywhat can we do practically to help?
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