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Meaning & Definition of Practical in English





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"
  • 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"
  • hardheaded,
  • hard-nosed,
  • practical,
  • pragmatic

3. Being actually such in almost every respect

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

4. Having or put to a practical purpose or use

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

Examples of using

Tom gave Mary some practical advice.
Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man...
Robinson is a practical, rational and brave man.