of or pertaining to practice or action: practical mathematics.
consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action: a practical application of a rule.
of, pertaining to, or concerned with ordinary activities, business, or work: practical affairs.
adapted or designed for actual use; useful: practical instructions.
engaged or experienced in actual practice or work: a practical politician.
inclined toward or fitted for actual work or useful activities: a practical person.
mindful of the results, usefulness, advantages or disadvantages, etc., of action or procedure.
matter-of-fact; prosaic.
being such in practice or effect; virtual: a practical certainty.
Theater, practicable ( def 3 ).

1375–1425; late Middle English. See practic, -al1

practicality, practicalness, noun
nonpractical, adjective
nonpractically, adverb
nonpracticalness, noun
nonpracticality, noun
prepractical, adjective
quasi-practical, adjective
quasi-practically, adverb
semipractical, adjective
ultrapractical, adjective

possible, practicable, practical (see synonym study at possible)(see synonym study at the current entry).

1. pragmatic. 7. Practical, judicious, sensible refer to good judgment in action, conduct, and the handling of everyday matters. Practical suggests the ability to adopt means to an end or to turn what is at hand to account: to adopt practical measures for settling problems. Judicious implies the possession and use of discreet judgment, discrimination, and balance: a judicious use of one's time. Sensible implies the possession and use of sound reason and shrewd common sense: a sensible suggestion.

7. ill-advised, unwise, foolish. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
practical (ˈpræktɪkəl)
1.  of, involving, or concerned with experience or actual use; not theoretical
2.  of or concerned with ordinary affairs, work, etc
3.  adapted or adaptable for use
4.  of, involving, or trained by practice
5.  being such for all useful or general purposes; virtual
6.  an examination in the practical skills of a subject: a science practical
[C17: from earlier practic, from French pratique, via Late Latin from Greek praktikos, from prassein to experience, negotiate, perform]
usage  A distinction is usually made between practical and practicable. Practical refers to a person, idea, project, etc, as being more concerned with or relevant to practice than theory: he is a very practical person; the idea had no practical application. Practicable refers to a project or idea as being capable of being done or put into effect: the plan was expensive, yet practicable

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Word Origin & History

1604, earlier practic (adj.) in same sense (c.1380), from O.Fr. practique (adj.) "fit for action," earlier pratique (13c.), from M.L. practicalis, L.L. practicus "practical," from Gk. praktikos "practical." Practically "for practical purposes, as good as" is recorded from 1748.
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Idioms & Phrases


see to all intents and (for all practical) purposes.

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Example sentences
If this yield proves realistic, it could make it practical to replace all
  fossil fuels used for transportation with biofuels.
It is just that their solutions these days need to be practical and local, free
  of grand theories and manifestos.
The premise of this very funny and practical book is that your quality of life
  increases as your spending decreases.
Some want a more comfortable, practical bike for daily use.
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