Definition of practical noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪkl//
Exams and assessment
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(British English, informal) a lesson or an exam in science or technology in which students have to do or make things, not just read or write about them a biology practical The second part of the exam is a three-hour practical. I passed the written exam but failed the practical. The course involves lectures, demonstrations and practicals. Wordfindercandidate, exam, grade, invigilate, mark, oral, paper, practical, resit, revise See related entries: Exams and assessment Word Originlate 16th cent.: from archaic practic ‘practical’ (from Old French practique, via late Latin from Greek praktikos ‘concerned with action’, from prattein ‘do, act’) + -al.