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practically

[prak-tik-lee] /ˈpræk tɪk li/
adverb
1.
in effect; virtually:
It is practically useless to protest.
2.
in a practical manner:
to think practically.
3.
from a practical point of view:
Practically speaking, the plan is not very promising.
4.
almost; nearly:
Their provisions were practically gone.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; practical + -ly
Usage note
A few usage guides object to the use of practically in the senses “in effect, virtually” and “almost, nearly.” Both uses, however, are well established and standard in all varieties of speech and writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for practically

practically

/ˈpræktɪkəlɪ; -klɪ/
adverb
1.
virtually; almost: it has rained practically every day
2.
in actuality rather than in theory: what can we do practically to help?
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Word Origin and History for practically
adv.

1620s, "in a practical manner," from practical + -ly (2). Meaning "for practical purposes, as good as" is from 1748; loosened sense of "almost" is from 1869.

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