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practical - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'practical' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Practical [ a.]
- Of or pertaining to practice or action.
- Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry.
- Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind.
- Derived from practice; as, practical skill.

Meaning of 'practical' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . practical [ a]
Meaning (1):
- concerned with actual use or practice
Example in sentence:
  • a practical knowledge of Japanese;
  • he is a very practical person;
  • the idea had no practical application;
  • woodworking is a practical art
2 . practical [ s]
Meaning (2):
- guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
Example in sentence:
  • a hard-nosed labor leader;
  • a hardheaded appraisal of our position;
  • completely practical in his approach to business;
  • not ideology but pragmatic politics
Meaning (3):
- being actually such in almost every respect
Example in sentence:
  • a practical failure;
  • the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin
Meaning (4):
- having or put to a practical purpose or use
Example in sentence:
  • practical applications of calculus;
  • practical mathematics