practical Definition

  • 1relating to real situations and actions rather than ideas or imagination
  • 2able to be used or done; useful

Using practical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "practical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The course provides practical training in computer programming.

  • Example

    She has a lot of practical experience in marketing.

  • Example

    The new car is more practical for city driving.

  • Example

    We need to find a practical solution to this problem.

practical Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using practical

  • to start talking about the important details or facts of a situation


    Let's get down to brass tacks and discuss how we can solve this problem in a practical way.

  • to start using an idea or method that you have been thinking about


    After studying the theory, it's time to put it into practice and see how it works in the real world.

  • in reality or in actual use, as opposed to in theory


    In practice, it's difficult to implement this policy because of various practical considerations.

Phrases with practical

  • a trick played on someone in order to make them look foolish and to amuse others


    He was always playing practical jokes on his friends.

  • the quality of being useful or suitable for a particular purpose


    The design of the building takes into account both aesthetics and practicality.

  • the use of knowledge or skills in a real-life situation


    The students were asked to demonstrate their practical application of the theories they had learned.

Origins of practical

from Late Latin 'practicus', from Greek 'praktikos', meaning 'concerned with action'


Summary: practical in Brief

The term 'practical' [ˈpræktɪkl] describes things that are useful and can be applied in real-life situations. It is often used to describe skills and experience, as well as objects and ideas. Examples include 'practical training in computer programming' and 'a practical solution to this problem.' Phrases like 'practical joke' and idioms like 'get down to brass tacks' extend the term's usage into humor and decision-making contexts.

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