from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory, speculation, or ideals: gained practical experience of sailing as a deck hand.
- adj. Manifested in or involving practice: practical applications of calculus.
- adj. Actually engaged in a specified occupation or a certain kind of work; practicing.
- adj. Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful: practical knowledge of Japanese. See Usage Note at practicable.
- adj. Concerned with the production or operation of something useful: Woodworking is a practical art.
- adj. Level-headed, efficient, and unspeculative.
- adj. Being actually so in almost every respect; virtual: a practical disaster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. that part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
- adj. Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
- adj. Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use
- adj. Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to practice or action.
- adj. Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from
- adj. Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end
- adj. Derived from practice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to action, practice, or use: opposed to theoretical, speculative, or ideal.
- Educated by practice or experience: as, a practical gardener.
- Derived from experience: as, practical skill; practical knowledge.
- Used, or such as may advantageously be used, in practice; capable of being used or turned to account; contributing to one's material advantage; possessing utility.
- Exemplified in practice.
- Spent in practice; devoted to action or material pursuits.
- In effect and result; to all intents and purposes; equivalent to (something) in force or influence; virtual: as, a victory may be a practical defeat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or put to a practical purpose or use
- adj. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
- adj. concerned with actual use or practice
- adj. being actually such in almost every respect
Middle English practicale, from Medieval Latin prācticālis, from prāctica, practice; see practicable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From practic + -al (Wiktionary)