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practical

adjective (EXPERIENCE)    /ˈpræk.tɪ.kəl/
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
(Definition of practical adjective (EXPERIENCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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