Practical definition

prăktĭ-kəl
Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful.

Practical knowledge of Japanese.

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Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory or speculation.

Gained practical experience of sailing as a deck hand.

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Concerned with the production or operation of something useful.

Woodworking is a practical art.

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Manifested in or involving practice.

Practical applications of calculus.

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Given to, or experienced from, actual practice.

A practical farmer.

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Concerned with the application of knowledge to useful ends, rather than with theory, speculation, etc.

Practical science.

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Of, concerned with, or dealing realistically and sensibly with everyday activities, work, etc.
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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.

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Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis.

Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.

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Having or showing good judgment; sensible.

If we're practical, we can do the job quickly.

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Of, exhibited in, or obtained through practice or action.

Practical knowledge.

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Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use.

Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.

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Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical.

All in all, Jack's a very practical chap.

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Being actually so in almost every respect; virtual.

The snowstorm was a practical disaster.

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Matter-of-fact; prosaic.
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(UK) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability.
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That is so in practice, whether or not in theory, law, etc.; virtual.
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Usable; workable; useful and sensible.

Practical proposals.

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Designed for use; utilitarian.
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for all practical purposes
  • so as to amount to; virtually; in effect
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
practical
Plural:
practicals

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of practical

  • Middle English practicale from Medieval Latin prācticālis from prāctica practice practicable

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From practic +"Ž -al

    From Wiktionary