prac|ti|cal1 W2S3 [ˈpræktıkəl] adj
3¦(clear thinking)¦
5¦(using your hands)¦
6 for/to all practical purposes
7 practical certainty/disaster/sell-out etc
[Date: 1500-1600; : Late Latin; Origin: practicus, from Greek praktikos, from prassein 'to do']
1.) ¦(REAL)¦
relating to real situations and events rather than ideas, emotions etc
Candidates should have training and practical experience in basic electronics.
the practical problems of old age
They provide financial and practical help for disabled students.
a combination of theoretical and practical training
They haven't thought about the practical consequences of the new regulations.
In practical terms , this means spending more time with each student.
practical plans, methods etc are likely to succeed or be effective in a situation
It doesn't sound like a very practical solution.
a practical way of achieving greater efficiency
Unfortunately, there's no practical alternative to driving.
a practical guide to buying and selling a house
a practical person is good at dealing with problems and making decisions based on what is possible and what will really work
She's a very practical person .
I was very shocked, but tried to be practical and think what to do.
4.) ¦(SUITABLE)¦
useful or suitable for a particular purpose or situation
Skirts aren't very practical in my kind of work.
good at repairing or making things
I'm not very practical - I can't even change a light bulb.
6.) for/to all practical purposes
used to say what the real effect of a situation is
The time you spend on it doesn't, for all practical purposes, affect the final result.
7.) practical certainty/disaster/sell-out etc
something that is almost certain, almost a ↑disaster etc
Sampras looks a practical certainty to win Wimbledon this year.
practical 2
practical2 n
BrE a lesson or examination in science, cooking etc in which you have to do or make something yourself rather than write or read about it
a chemistry practical

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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