Definitions for practicalˈpræk tɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prac•ti•calˈpræk tɪ kəl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or concerned with practice or action:

    practical mathematics.

  2. consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action:

    a practical application of a rule.

  3. adapted or suited for actual use; useful or utilitarian:

    practical instructions; a practical vinyl floor.

  4. inclined toward or fitted for action or useful activities.

  5. mindful of the results, usefulness, etc., of action or procedure; sensible.

  6. of or concerned with ordinary activities or work:

    practical affairs.

  7. engaged or experienced in actual practice or work:

    a practical politician.

  8. matter-of-fact; prosaic.

  9. being such in practice or effect:

    a practical certainty.

  10. (of a stage property) constructed for use as a real object; practicable:

    practical water faucets.

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Origin of practical:

1375–1425; late ME practik practical < L prācticus < Gk prāktikós



Princeton's WordNet

  1. practical(adj)

    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"

  2. 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"

  3. virtual(a), practical(a)(adj)

    being actually such in almost every respect

    "a practical failure"; "the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"

  4. practical(adj)

    having or put to a practical purpose or use

    "practical mathematics"; "practical applications of calculus"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. practical(adjective)ˈpræk tɪ kəl

    relating to real situations, not theories

    students who need practical advice about how to get a job; practical money skills

  2. practicalˈpræk tɪ kəl

    appropriate and sensible

    It's not practical to buy another computer.; a practical decision

  3. practicalˈpræk tɪ kəl

    (of a person) good at thinking in a sensible way

    She's very practical with her money.

  4. practicalˈpræk tɪ kəl

    (of a person) good at making or fixing things

    He's not very practical.

  5. practicalˈpræk tɪ kəl

    indicates sth is the same as what is being described in almost every way

    Shutting the library means another community resource is, for all practical purposes, gone.


  1. practical(Noun)

    that part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability

  2. practical(Adjective)

    Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis

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

  3. practical(Adjective)

    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.

  4. practical(Adjective)

    Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical

    All in all, Jack's a very practical chap

Webster Dictionary

  1. Practical(adj)

    of or pertaining to practice or action

  2. Practical(adj)

    capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry

  3. Practical(adj)

    evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind

  4. Practical(adj)

    derived from practice; as, practical skill

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'practical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1323

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'practical' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2296

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'practical' in Adjectives Frequency: #159

Translations for practical

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


concerned with the doing of something

practical difficulties; His knowledge is practical rather than theoretical.

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