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practical

adjective  us   /ˈpræk·tɪ·kəl/

practical adjective (ACTUAL/REAL)

relating to actual experience or to the use of knowledge in activities rather than to knowledge only or ideas: I know you’ve been trained as a teacher, but do you have any practical teaching experience? If you say that a person is practical, you mean the person behaves in ways that relate more to the realities of the world than to ideas or desires: You’ve got to learn to be practical and save your money.

practical adjective (EFFECTIVE)

fitting the needs of a particular situation in a helpful way; helping to solve a problem or difficulty; effective or suitable: We didn’t want to spend the night at a motel, but it just wasn’t practical to do the trip in one day. In some cities, it isn’t practical to keep the subways operating all night because there aren’t enough passengers. When used of objects such as clothes, practical can mean directed only to the goal of doing their intended work, and often plain in style or character: I wear clothes that are practical rather than fashionable.
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