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English definition of “practical”

practical

adjective (EFFECTIVE)   /ˈpræk·tɪ·kəl/
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 .
(Definition of practical adjective (EFFECTIVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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