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Actually, in fact, especially as opposed to theoretically or
In practice this contraption seems to work, although no one knows how or why
Second half of 1500s
put into practice
In the exercise of a particular profession, as in
She's an obstetrician and has been in practice for at least ten years
In a state of being exercised so as to maintain one's skill, as in
This trumpeter is always in practice
For an antonym, see
out of practice
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
Nearby words for in practice
in one's way
in other words
in over one's head
in pari delicto
in place of
in plain english
in praise of folly
in propria persona
in quest of
in rare form
in reference to
in regard to
in relation to
in rerum natura
in respect to