- 1Of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas: there are two obvious practical applications of the researchMore example sentences
- Internships and co-op opportunities turn classroom theory into practical, hands-on experience.
- The focus is on research and theory, rather than practical matters of assessment and intervention.
- And the region's scientists and researchers have tended to concentrate on finding practical applications rather than unraveling basic principles.
- 1.1(Of an idea, plan, or method) likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances; feasible: neither of these strategies is practical for smaller businessesMore example sentences
- In the health services of the Western world, a search is under way to find effective and practical methods for assessing the performance of doctors.
- A number of alternative more practical methods have been suggested.
- So, if we are to achieve the goal of reducing congestion we must complement the current plan with immediate and attractive alternatives that provide practical ways of travelling to and around the city.
- 1.2Suitable for a particular purpose: a practical, stylish kitchenMore example sentences
- The scientists expect to make these cells practical to use within just 2 years.
- However, recent changes in back-end switch design now make it practical and feasible.
- The plan emphasizes treatment and prevention strategies that are effective and practical for use in individual areas.
- 1.3(Of a person) sensible and realistic in their approach to a situation or problem: I’m not unfeeling, just trying to be practicalMore example sentences
- She said Caroline was a sensible and practical teenager, and prepared well for her trip.
- Consequently, the practical politicians and their realistic programs can create nothing but a disaster.
- I feel that I am also a very rational, reasonable and practical person.
- 1.4(Of a person) skilled at manual tasks: Steve’ll fix it—he’s quite practicalMore example sentences
- He was a very practical man and was skilled in the wireless detection system which we now call radar.
- 2So nearly the case that it can be regarded as so; virtual: it was a practical certainty that he would try to raise more moneyMore example sentences
- There is practical certainty as to payment, and that contingency does not affect the existence of the liability.
- Should the law extend the definition beyond purpose to cover the awareness of the practical certainty that the crew would be killed?
for all practical purposes
- Virtually, or essentially: Zimmerman had become, for all practical purposes, an arms smugglerMore example sentences
- Judicial activism was for all practical purposes now the accepted law of the land in everything from anti-trust cases to the arrest of criminals.
- Well, it's already hitting, for all practical purposes here.
- But for all practical purposes, they're both unelectable this fall.
late 16th century: from archaic practic 'practical' (from Old French practique, via late Latin from Greek praktikos 'concerned with action', from prattein 'do, act') + -al.