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ˈpræk tɪ kəlprac·ti·cal

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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"


  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

  5. 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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  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. Henry Adams:

    Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

  2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    These are two practical things we are moving on.

  3. Gregory Touhill:

    Is it possible ? Yes. Is it practical ? Maybe not.

  4. Kris Brown:

    These are practical solutions and will save lives.

  5. Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, quoted in V Rich, Nature, 1977, 270, pp470-1:

    There is nothing more practical than a good theory.

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