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practicality

noun [U] uk   /ˌpræk.tɪˈkæl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/

practicality noun [U] (SUITABLE)

[U] quality of being suitable for a particular occasion or use: I bought these shoes for their practicality, not their appearance.

practicality noun [U] (EFFECTIVE)

[U] approving the quality of being able to provide effective solutions to problems: Jonathan has demonstrated enormous practicality in his successful management of the shop.

practicality noun [U] (POSSIBLE)

[U] the possibility of being put into practice: Your suggestion is appealing in theory, but it lacks practicality.

practicality noun [U] (REAL)

practicalities [plural] the conditions that result from an idea becoming a real situation: The practicalities of having two young children and working full time meant we had to employ a nanny. It sounds like a good idea, but you should consider the practicalities before you put it into action.
(Definition of practicality from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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