- 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.
- 2(Of an idea, plan, or method) likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances; feasible: neither of these strategies are 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.
- 2.1Suitable 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.
- 2.2(Of a person) sensible and realistic in their approach to a situation or problem: I’m merely being practical—we must find a ground-floor flatMore 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.
- 2.3(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.
- 3So nearly the case that it can be regarded as so; virtual: for all practical purposes, she’s his girlfriendMore 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?
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- An examination or lesson in which theories and procedures learned are applied to the actual making or doing of something.More example sentences
- It means they are on their own on the final hurdle of a seemingly endless slog of course work, mock examinations, orals, practicals and revision which began in year nine.
- Teachers and students have responded positively to a proposal to break up the Leaving Certificate exams into two sittings with some papers, practicals or project work taken earlier in the year.
- It involves 75 per cent practicals and 25 per cent theory.
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.