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

  • 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. (adjective)

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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."