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Definition of practicality noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality of being suitable or likely to be successful I have doubts about the practicality of their proposal. Victorian engineers combined practicality with beauty.
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of being sensible and realistic I was impressed by her practicality.
  3. 3practicalities [plural] the real facts and circumstances rather than ideas or theories It sounds like a good idea; let's look at the practicalities and work out the costs.
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