practical

practical
I UK [ˈpræktɪk(ə)l] / US adjective ***
1) involving or relating to real situations and events

Applicants for the job must have at least three years of practical experience.

Unfortunately Carter's research has no practical use.


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Nouns frequently used with practical
▪  advice, application, importance, purpose, significance, solution, use
2)
a) making sensible decisions and choices, especially the types of decisions and choices that you have to make every day

Despite their wealth, they were always practical about money.

a practical attitude to marriage

b) likely to solve a problem or deal successfully with a situation

I can trust you to come up with a practical solution to the problem.

3) intended to be useful or suitable, not just fashionable or attractive

I need a practical hairstyle that's easy to care for.

a practical car for the family

4) able to make repairs or do things with your hands in a skilful way

We aren't very practical so we usually hire someone to do the major repairs.


II UK [ˈpræktɪk(ə)l] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "practical":
singular practical plural practicals British
an examination or lesson in which you make things or do experiments

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Practical — 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • practical — [prak′ti kəl] adj. [ PRACTIC + AL] 1. of, exhibited in, or obtained through practice or action [practical knowledge] 2. a) usable; workable; useful and sensible [practical proposals] b) designed for use; utilitarian …   English World dictionary

  • practical — (adj.) c.1600, earlier practic (adj.) in same sense (late 14c.), from O.Fr. practique (adj.) fit for action, earlier pratique (13c.), from M.L. practicalis, L.L. practicus practical, from Gk. praktikos practical …   Etymology dictionary

  • practical — [adj1] realistic, useful applied, both feet on the ground*, businesslike, commonsensical, constructive, doable, down to earth, efficient, empirical, experimental, factual, feasible, functional, handy, hard boiled*, implicit, in action, in… …   New thesaurus

  • practical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or concerned with practice rather than theory. 2) likely to be effective in real circumstances; feasible. 3) suitable for a particular purpose. 4) realistic in approach. 5) skilled at manual tasks. 6) so nearly the case that it… …   English terms dictionary

  • practical — I noun adaptable, advantageous, aiding, all purpose, applicable, assisting, beneficial, commodious, conducive, convenient, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, employable, expedient, expediential, fitting, functional, handy, helpful,… …   Law dictionary

  • practical — *practicable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • practical — prac|ti|cal1 W2S3 [ˈpræktıkəl] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(real)¦ 2¦(effective)¦ 3¦(clear thinking)¦ 4¦(suitable)¦ 5¦(using your hands)¦ 6 for/to all practical purposes 7 practical certainty/disaster/sell out etc ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • practical — 1 adjective 1 CONCERNED WITH REAL SITUATIONS concerned with real situations and events rather than ideas: How much practical experience do you have of working with computers? | a practical knowledge of simple medicine | Most of the things you… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • practical — practicality, practicalness, n. /prak ti keuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to practice or action: practical mathematics. 2. consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action: a practical application of a rule. 3. of, pertaining to, or …   Universalium

  • practical — [[t]præ̱ktɪk(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦♦ practicals 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n The practical aspects of something involve real situations and events, rather than just ideas and theories. We can offer you practical suggestions on how to increase the fibre in your daily… …   English dictionary

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