practicality Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “practicality” in the English Dictionary

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practicalitynoun [U]

uk   /ˌpræk.tɪˈkæl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/

practicality noun [U] (SUITABLE)

[U] quality of being ​suitable for a ​particularoccasion or use: I ​bought these ​shoes for ​their practicality, not ​theirappearance.

practicality noun [U] (EFFECTIVE)

[U] approving the ​quality of being ​able to ​provideeffectivesolutions to ​problems: Jonathan has ​demonstratedenormous practicality in his ​successfulmanagement of the ​store.

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 ​ideabecoming a ​realsituation: The practicalities of having two ​youngchildren and ​workingfulltimemeant 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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