concerned with actual use or practice
"he is a very practical person"; "the idea had no practical application"; "a practical knowledge of Japanese"; "woodworking is a practical art"
hardheaded, hard-nosed, practical, pragmatic(adj)
guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
"a hardheaded appraisal of our position"; "a hard-nosed labor leader"; "completely practical in his approach to business"; "not ideology but pragmatic politics"
being actually such in almost every respect
"a practical failure"; "the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
having or put to a practical purpose or use
"practical mathematics"; "practical applications of calculus"
that part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.
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.
Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
All in all, Jack's a very practical chap
of or pertaining to practice or action
capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry
evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind
derived from practice; as, practical skill
Origin: [L. practicus active, Gr. fit for doing or performing, practical, active, fr. to do, work, effect: cf. F. pratique, formerly also practique. Cf. Pragmatic, Practice.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'practical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1323
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'practical' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2296
Rank popularity for the word 'practical' in Adjectives Frequency: #159
The numerical value of practical in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of practical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming.
Technology means the systematic application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical tasks.
Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures.
What we're hearing, we like, but what we want to see is practical engagement, practical programs, a change in policy, a change in engagement.
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes the whole universe for a vast practical joke.
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Translations for practical
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- pràcticCatalan, Valencian
- práctica, prácticoSpanish
- käytännöllinen, käytännönläheinen, käytännön-Finnish
- מעשי, ישים, בר-ישוםHebrew
- 経験豊かな, 実践的な, 実用的な, 実務経験のあるJapanese
- praktiskNorwegian Nynorsk
- практи́ческий, практичный, практическийRussian
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