Definition of "practical" [prac•ti•cal]

  • (adjective) 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.
  • (adjective) Manifested in or involving practice: practical applications of calculus.
  • (adjective) Actually engaged in a specified occupation or a certain kind of work; practicing.
  • (adjective) Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful: practical knowledge of Japanese. See Usage Note at practicable.
  • (adjective) Concerned with the production or operation of something useful: Woodworking is a practical art.

Use "practical" in a sentence

  • "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."

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