American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to action, practice, or use: opposed to theoretical, speculative, or ideal. Engaged in practice or action; concerned with material rather than ideal considerations.
- 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.
- n. UK 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From practic + -al (Wiktionary)
- Middle English practicale, from Medieval Latin prācticālis, from prāctica, practice; see practicable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In arranging the parts of speech, I conceive it to be the legitimate object of the practical grammarian, to consult _practical convenience_.”
“That certain human souls, living on this practical Earth, should think to save themselves and a ruined world by noisy theoretic demonstrations and laudations of _the_ Church, instead of some unnoisy, unconscious, but _practical, _ total, heart-and-soul demonstration of _a_ Church: this, in the circle of revolving ages, this also was a thing we were to see.”
“That certain human souls, living on this practical Earth, should think to save themselves and a ruined world by noisy theoretic demonstrations and laudations of _the_ Church, instead of some unnoisy, unconscious, but _practical_, total, heart-and-soul demonstration of a Church: this, in the circle of revolving ages, this also was a thing we were to see.”
“Bismarck opened debate on the subject on 17 November 1881 in the Imperial Message to the Reichstag, using the term practical Christianity43 to describe his program.”
“MARTIN: I think - now, I think the word - the term practical is probably better than logical.”
“There has recently sprung up a class of educational philosophers who would restrict the term practical education to those forms of knowledge or formulas of information which can be converted into cash equivalent on demand.”
“But while the student of Nature distinctly refuses to have his labours judged by their practical issues, unless the term practical be made to include mental as well as material good, he knows full well that the greatest practical triumphs have been episodes in the search after pure natural truth.”
“Financial support Cheng says other SCO members expect stronger economic and financial support from China, so President Hu will be discussing what else can be done within the SCO framework to promote what he described as practical economic cooperation.”
“Not forgotten among the practical is the cerebral at the conference, as in the case of “Negotiating a Green Mindset,” a workshop that will offer tools to the faithful few seeking to spread the word of sustainability.”
“He argues that once we have disciplined human reason to stay off that theoretical path, we are then in a position to make an affirmation of God on the basis of what he terms the practical, i.e., moral, use of reason.”
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