practical

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 practical — *practicable …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 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. • Collocations:… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 practical — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin practicus, from Greek praktikos, from prassein to pass over, fare, do; akin to Greek peran to pass through more at fare Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or manifested in practice or …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 practical — prac|ti|cal [ præktıkl ] 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. 2. ) making… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 practical — prac•ti•cal [[t]ˈpræk tɪ kəl[/t]] adj. 1) pertaining to or concerned with practice or action: practical mathematics[/ex] 2) consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action: a practical application of a rule[/ex] 3) adapted or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 practical — /ˈpræktɪkəl / (say praktikuhl) adjective 1. relating to practice or action: practical mathematics. 2. consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action: a practical application of a rule. 3. relating to or connected with the ordinary …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 practical — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun (BrE) ADJECTIVE ▪ chemistry, physics, etc. ▪ laboratory VERB + PRACTICAL ▪ sit (BrE), take …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 practical — 01. This book gives you some [practical] suggestions on how to lose weight, and keep it off. 02. Dave and I have been friends [practically] all our adult lives. 03. The best way to improve your speaking ability is to [practice], and the best way… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 practical — adj. & n. adj. 1 of or concerned with practice or use rather than theory. 2 suited to use or action; designed mainly to fulfil a function (practical shoes). 3 (of a person) inclined to action rather than speculation; able to make things function… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 practical*/*/*/ — [ˈpræktɪk(ə)l] adj I 1) involving, or relating to, real situations rather than theories or ideas alone Unfortunately this research has no practical use.[/ex] Practical experience can be as valuable as academic qualifications.[/ex] 2) making… …

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