Enterprise and practicalness we are apt to think of as the exclusive possession of much more modern generations.
This practicalness and readiness of adaptation are instinctive, not voluntary and designed.
There was a lack of practicalness in such faith in another man as expressed itself in the wistful, hesitant voice.
A straightforward, honest, simple fellow looked he, all utility and practicalness—if there is such a word.
early 15c., practicale "of or pertaining to matters of practice; applied," with -al (1) + earlier practic (adj.) "dealing with practical matters, applied, not merely theoretical" (early 15c.), or practic (n.) "method, practice, use" (late 14c.). In some cases directly from Old French practique (adj.) "fit for action," earlier pratique (13c.) and Medieval Latin practicalis, from Late Latin practicus "practical, active," from Greek praktikos "fit for action, fit for business; business-like, practical; active, effective, vigorous," from praktos "done; to be done," verbal adjective of prassein, prattein "to do, act, effect, accomplish."