- The definition of practical is sensible or usable.
An example of practical is a plan to set aside some portion of a generous income to buy an affordable car.
practical definition by Webster's New World
- of, exhibited in, or obtained through practice or action: practical knowledge
- usable; workable; useful and sensible: practical proposals
- designed for use; utilitarian
- concerned with the application of knowledge to useful ends, rather than with theory, speculation, etc.: practical science
- given to, or experienced from, actual practice: a practical farmer
- of, concerned with, or dealing realistically and sensibly with everyday activities, work, etc.
- that is so in practice, whether or not in theory, law, etc.; virtual
- matter-of-fact; prosaic
Origin: practic plush -al
practical definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory, speculation, or ideals: gained practical experience of sailing as a deck hand.
- Manifested in or involving practice: practical applications of calculus.
- Actually engaged in a specified occupation or a certain kind of work; practicing.
- Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful: practical knowledge of Japanese. See Usage Note at practicable.
- Concerned with the production or operation of something useful: Woodworking is a practical art.
- Level-headed, efficient, and unspeculative.
- Being actually so in almost every respect; virtual: a practical disaster.
Origin: Middle English practicale, from Medieval Latin prācticālis, from prāctica, practice; see practicable.
- pracˌti·calˈi·ty , pracˈti·cal·ness noun