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.

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. Helen Roberts:

    Overall, it is the right direction but there are many practical difficulties, there may well be legal challenges if there is disagreement as to whether an outcome has actually been achieved.

  2. Lawyer Marjorie Liu:

    I had my dreams, and even though everyone told me that they weren't practical, I knew in my heart that this is what I had to do. Even if it ended up being a failure, I had to make the attempt.

  3. Carl L. Becker:

    No one can deny that much of our modern advertising is essentially dishonest; and it can be maintained that to lie freely and all the time for private profit is not to abuse the right of free speech, whether it is a violation of the law or not. But again the practical question is, how much lying for private profit is to be permitted by law?

  4. Thiruman Archunan:

    The greatest intellectual achievement of men should be not only in understanding the importance of the reason, but to consciously and boldly overthrow it as and when the welfare of others’ warrants it. Why should anybody think about others welfare? This is because the reason’s practical worth is only with respect to others. Instinct is often enough to take care of an individual, but the reason is necessary to meet the societal requirements and also to derive benefits from it.

  5. Kirk Limacher:

    United Airlines can not return the unvaccinated pilots to the cockpit because — aside from the various practical problems with testing and masking — we would face serious and widespread objections from the vaccinated pilots, in fact the objections among our vaccinated pilots are so strongly held that many of them would simply refuse to fly with the accommodated pilots. The distractions and dissension this would cause in the workforce represent an unacceptable safety risk.

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