Definition of Practical

1. Adjective. Concerned with actual use or practice. "Woodworking is a practical art"

2. Adjective. Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory. "Not ideology but pragmatic politics"
Exact synonyms: Hard-nosed, Hardheaded, Pragmatic
Similar to: Realistic
Derivative terms: Practicality, Practice, Pragmatism

3. Adjective. Being actually such in almost every respect. "The once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
Exact synonyms: Virtual
Similar to: Realistic

4. Adjective. Having or put to a practical purpose or use. "Practical applications of calculus"
Similar to: Applied

Definition of Practical

1. a. Of or pertaining to practice or action.

Definition of Practical

1. Noun. (British) that part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability ¹

2. Adjective. Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis ¹

3. Adjective. Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use ¹

4. Adjective. Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical ¹

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Definition of Practical

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Practical

practical (current term)
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practical nurse
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practical politics
practical reason

Literary usage of Practical

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"NO INNATE practical PRINCIPLES 1. CHAP. II. i. IF those speculative Maxims, whereof we discoursed in " the foregoing chapter, have not an actual universal ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1875)
"Intermediate, 60 c.—practical, $1.—Key to practical and Mental, ... Illustrative practical, 05 c.—Key, 25 c.— Manual and Key, 75 c. ..."

3. A Handbook of Colloid-chemistry: The Recognition of Colloids, the Theory of by Carl Wilhelm Wolfgang Ostwald, Wolfgang Ostwald, Emil Hatschek (1919)
"The teachings of colloid-chemistry are by no means so familiar to all who encounter colloid substances in their scientific or practical work that the ..."

4. A Handbook of Colloid-chemistry: The Recognition of Colloids, the Theory of by Carl Wilhelm Wolfgang Ostwald (1915)
"... practical INTRODUCTION 51- Identification of Colloid Systems by Elementary ... or practical work that the questions: ''How can we recognize a colloid? ..."

5. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Range of fusion determined by practical considerations. Changes in percepts through repetition. Parallel development of perception and habit. ..."

6. American Soaps: A Complete Treatise on the Manufacture of Soap, with Special by Henry Gathmann (1893)
"Among the contents of this book the practical soapmaker will recognize many statements of facts which, through his own practical experience and observation, ..."

7. The Christian Pastor and the Working Church by Washington Gladden (1898)
"Pastoral Theology is a department of practical Theology, which Cave describes as ... 2 practical Theology is variously divided. It includes:. Church Polity. ..."

8. Studies in Occultism: A Series of Reprints from the Writings of H. P. Blavatsky by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Aryan Theosophical Press (1910)
"It becomes necessary, therefore, to state once for all:— (a) The essential difference between theoretical and practical Occultism; or what is generally ..."

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