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

      

    practical

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪkl//
     
    Job skills and personal qualities
     
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    connected with real things
  1. 1  connected with real situations rather than with ideas or theories to have gained practical experience of the work practical advice/help/support practical problems There are some obvious practical applications of the research. In practical terms, it means spending less. From a practical point of view, it isn't a good place to live. compare theoretical
  2. likely to work
  3. 2  (of an idea, a method or a course of action) right or sensible; likely to be successful synonym workable It wouldn't be practical for us to go all that way just for the weekend. It was difficult to find a practical solution to the problem. opposite impractical
  4. useful
  5. 3  (of things) useful or suitable a practical little car, ideal for the city Cool, loose-fitting clothes are practical in a hot climate. opposite impractical
  6. sensible
  7. 4  (of a person) sensible and realistic Let's be practical and work out the cost first. opposite impractical See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  8. good at making things
  9. 5  (of a person) good at making or repairing things synonym handy Bob's very practical. He does all the odd jobs around the house.
  10. almost total
  11. 6[only before noun] almost complete or total synonym virtual She married a practical stranger. They’re a practical certainty to win the game.
  12. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from archaic practic ‘practical’ (from Old French practique, via late Latin from Greek praktikos ‘concerned with action’, from prattein ‘do, act’) + -al.Extra examples I’ll do something practical now and answer some mail. It’s time to get practical! She always adopted a severely practical tone. a feature that makes the system more practical From a practical point of view, it isn’t a good place to live. In practical terms, it means spending less. It wouldn’t be practical for us to go all that way just for the weekend. It’s a practical little car—ideal for the city. Let’s be practical and work out the cost first. Travel by boat was often faster and more practical than travel along the primitive roads. a practical alternative/​approach/​measure/​method/​option/​possibility/​proposition practical advice/​help/​support practical problems/​difficultiesIdioms
    for (all) practical purposes
     
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    used when you are stating what the reality of a situation is There's still another ten minutes of the game to go, but for practical purposes it's already over.