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Meaning & Definition of Practical in English

English

Practical

/præktəkəl/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • practical

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • hardheaded
  • ,
  • hard-nosed
  • ,
  • practical
  • ,
  • pragmatic

3. Being actually such in almost every respect

  • "A practical failure"
  • "The once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
    synonym:
  • virtual(a)
  • ,
  • practical(a)

4. Having or put to a practical purpose or use

  • "Practical mathematics"
  • "Practical applications of calculus"
    synonym:
  • practical

Examples of using

I love practical jokes.
His ideas are always practical.
The English are a practical people.