I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin practicus, from Greek praktikos, from prassein to pass over, fare, do; akin to Greek peran to pass through — more at fare Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action ; not theoretical or ideal <
a practical question
for all practical purposes
b. being such in practice or effect ; virtual <
a practical failure
2. actively engaged in some course of action or occupation <
a practical farmer
3. capable of being put to use or account ; useful <
he had a practical knowledge of French
4. a. disposed to action as opposed to speculation or abstraction b. (1) qualified by practice or practical training <
a good practical mechanic
(2) designed to supplement theoretical training by experience 5. concerned with voluntary action and ethical decisions <
practical reason
practicality nounpracticalness noun II. noun Date: 1925 an examination requiring demonstration of some practical skill <
a zoology practical

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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