WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
- 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.
- 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;
- 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.
- being such in practice or effect;
virtual:a practical certainty.
- Show Business[Theat.]practicable (def. 3).
- late Middle English. See practic, -al1 1375–1425
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pragmatic.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ill-advised, unwise, foolish.