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PRACTICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does practical mean? 

PRACTICAL (adjective)
  The adjective PRACTICAL has 4 senses:

1. concerned with actual use or practice
2. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
3. being actually such in almost every respect
4. having or put to a practical purpose or use

  Familiarity information: PRACTICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRACTICAL (adjective)


Sense 1practical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with actual use or practice

Context examples:

he is a very practical person / the idea had no practical application / a practical knowledge of Japanese / woodworking is a practical art

Similar:

working (adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something)

unimaginative (dealing only with concrete facts)

serviceable (intended or able to serve a purpose without elaboration)

operable; practicable (usable for a specific purpose)

matter-of-fact; pragmatic; pragmatical (concerned with practical matters)

interoperable (able to exchange and use information)

functional (designed for or adapted to a function or use)

applied (put into practice or put to use)

applicable; applicative; applicatory (readily applicable or practical)

Also:

possible (capable of happening or existing)

concrete (capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary)

serviceable (ready for service or able to give long service)

realistic (aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are)

Attribute:

practicality (concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities)

Antonym:

impractical (not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters)


Sense 2practical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory

Synonyms:

hard-nosed; hardheaded; practical; pragmatic

Context examples:

a hardheaded appraisal of our position / a hard-nosed labor leader / completely practical in his approach to business / not ideology but pragmatic politics

Similar:

realistic (aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are)


Sense 3practical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being actually such in almost every respect

Synonyms:

virtual; practical

Context examples:

a practical failure / the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin

Similar:

realistic (aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are)


Sense 4practical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or put to a practical purpose or use

Context examples:

practical mathematics / practical applications of calculus

Similar:

applied (concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles; opposed to theoretical)


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