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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?Experiencing and suffering for all practical purposes in fact: Dr Frampton is in charge, but for all practical purposes, her assistant runs the office.True, real, false, and unreal

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
Suitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good

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
Wise and sensible

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
Achievable

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.Exams, tests and exercisesClasses, courses and coursework
(Definition of practical from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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