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English definition of “practical”

practical

adjective uk   /ˈpræk.tɪ.kəl/ us  

practical adjective (EXPERIENCE)

B2 relating to experience, real situations, or actions rather than ideas or imagination: Qualifications are important but practical experience is always an advantage. The service offers young people practical advice on finding a job. What's the use of theoretical knowledge that has no practical application? for all practical purposes in fact: Dr Frampton is in charge, but for all practical purposes, her assistant runs the office.

practical adjective (SUITABLE)

C1 suitable for the situation in which something is used: I tend to wear clothes that are practical rather than fashionable. Heavy boots aren't very practical for running.
Opposite

practical adjective (EFFECTIVE)

C2 approving able to provide effective solutions to problems: She has a lot of interesting ideas, but they're not very practical. We need someone practical who can cope with a crisis.
Opposite

practical adjective (POSSIBLE)

C1 able to be done or put into action: [+ to infinitive] It's simply not practical to divide the work between so many people.
Opposite

practical

noun [C] uk   /ˈpræk.tɪ.kəl/ us  
a class or exam in a scientific or technical subject in which students do things rather than just write or talk about them: We had to dissect a worm and a frog in our biology practical today.
(Definition of practical from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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