What does Practical mean?

Definitions for Practical
ˈpræk tɪ kəlprac·ti·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. practicaladjective

    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, pragmaticadjective

    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)adjective

    being actually such in almost every respect

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

  4. practicaladjective

    having or put to a practical purpose or use

    "practical mathematics"; "practical applications of calculus"


  1. practicalnoun

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

  2. practicaladjective

    Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis

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

  3. practicaladjective

    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. practicaladjective

    Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical

    All in all, Jack's a very practical chap

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Practicaladjective

    Relating to action; not merely speculative.

    Etymology: practicus, Lat. pratique, Fr. from practice.

    The image of God was no less resplendent in man’s practical understanding; namely, that storehouse of the soul, in which are treasured up the rules of action and the seeds of morality. Robert South, Sermons.

    Religion comprehends the knowledge of its principles, and a suitable life and practice; the first, being speculative, may be called knowledge; and the latter, because ’tis practical, wisdom. John Tillotson, Sermons.


  1. practical

    Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that considers words and thought as tools and instruments for prediction, problem solving, and action, and rejects the idea that the function of thought is to describe, represent, or mirror reality. Pragmatists contend that most philosophical topics—such as the nature of knowledge, language, concepts, meaning, belief, and science—are all best viewed in terms of their practical uses and successes. Pragmatism began in the United States in the 1870s. Its origins are often attributed to the philosophers Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. In 1878, Peirce described it in his pragmatic maxim: "Consider the practical effects of the objects of your conception. Then, your conception of those effects is the whole of your conception of the object."


  1. practical

    Practical refers to something that is focused on actual use or practice, rather than being abstract or theoretical. It involves or is concerned with actual application, use, or action. It is also often associated with ideas, methods, activities, etc. that are sensible, realistic, useful or effective in real situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Practicaladjective

    of or pertaining to practice or action

  2. Practicaladjective

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

  3. Practicaladjective

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

  4. Practicaladjective

    derived from practice; as, practical skill

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. practical

    The act and fact of being accurate, effective, logical and suitable for a specific purpose.

    She is always so practical in her interpretation, design and codification.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Practical in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Practical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Practical in a Sentence

  1. J.P. McEvoy:

    Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.

  3. Samier Dandan:

    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.

  4. Emma Pomeroy:

    What is key here is the intentionality behind the burial. You might bury a body for purely practical reasons, in order to avoid attracting dangerous scavengers and/or to reduce the smell. But when this goes beyond practical elements it is important because that indicates more complex, symbolic and abstract thinking, compassion and care for the dead, and perhaps feelings of mourning and loss.

  5. Donna Orender:

    This book has real practical, actionable stuff that informs, what about money ? We never talk about money for girls, or women for that matter. How do I keep my body healthy, and what are good exercises, and what should I eat, and how does the planet really work, and what's a good friend, and how do I take care of a good friend ? There is so much practical, good, real-life stuff you just don't get anywhere else.

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