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prac•ti•cal•i•ty /ˌpræktɪˈkælɪti/USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- the part of something that deals with or concerns practical events as opposed to theory: [uncountable]a sense of practicality in dealing with problems.[countable]You can't ignore the practicalities.
prac•ti•cal /ˈpræktɪkəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- of or relating to practice or action:practical, not theoretical, mathematics.
- made or suited for use; useful:A station wagon is a practical car for a family.
- (of a person) thinking of the results, usefulness, etc., of some action or procedure;
sensible:She's much too practical to marry someone who has no future.
(prak′ti kəl), adj.
- of or pertaining to practice or action:practical mathematics.
- consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action:a practical application of a rule.
- of, pertaining to, or concerned with ordinary activities, business, or work:practical affairs.
- adapted or designed for actual use; useful:practical instructions.
- engaged or experienced in actual practice or work:a practical politician.
- inclined toward or fitted for actual work or useful activities:a practical person.
- mindful of the results, usefulness, advantages or disadvantages, etc., of action or procedure.
- matter-of-fact; prosaic.
- being such in practice or effect;
virtual:a practical certainty.
- Show Business[Theat.]practicable (def. 3).
prac′ti•cal′i•ty, prac′ti•cal•ness, n.
1 . pragmatic. 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.
7 . ill-advised, unwise, foolish.
- late Middle English. See practic, -al1 1375–1425
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
practical /ˈpræktɪkəl/ adj
- 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
Etymology: 17th Century: from earlier practic, from French pratique, via Late Latin from Greek praktikos, from prassein to experience, negotiate, performˌpractiˈcality, ˈpracticalness n USAGE
- an examination in the practical skills of a subject: a science practical
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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