Definitions for: Practical


[adj] having or put to a practical purpose or use; "practical mathematics"; "practical applications of calculus"
[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"
[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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Prac"ti*cal, a. [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.]
1. Of or pertaining to practice or action.

2. Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in
distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical
chemistry. ``Man's practical understanding.'' --South.
``For all practical purposes.'' --Macaulay.

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

4. Derived from practice; as, practical skill.

Practical joke, a joke put in practice; a joke the fun of
which consists in something done, in distinction from
something said; esp., a trick played upon a person.

Synonyms: applicable, applicative, applicatory, applied, functional, hardheaded, hard-nosed, interoperable, matter-of-fact, operable, practicable, pragmatic, pragmatical, serviceable, unimaginative, useful, working

Antonyms: impractical

See Also: concrete, possible, realistic

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