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  ( practicals    plural  )
1       adj   The practical aspects of something involve real situations and events, rather than just ideas and theories.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: theoretical)    We can offer you practical suggestions on how to increase the fibre in your daily diet..., This practical guidebook teaches you about relaxation, coping skills, and time management.     
2       adj   You describe people as practical when they make sensible decisions and deal effectively with problems.  
usu v-link ADJ     (approval)    (=down-to-earth)     (Antonym: impractical)    You were always so practical, Maria..., He lacked any of the practical common sense essential in management.     
3       adj   Practical ideas and methods are likely to be effective or successful in a real situation.  
usu ADJ n  
Although the causes of cancer are being uncovered, we do not yet have any practical way to prevent it...     
4       adj   You can describe clothes and things in your house as practical when they are suitable for a particular purpose rather than just being fashionable or attractive.,   (Antonym: impractical)    Our clothes are lightweight, fashionable, practical for holidays.     
5       n-count   A practical is an examination or a lesson in which you make things or do experiments rather than simply writing answers to questions.  
  (mainly BRIT)  

practical joke        ( practical jokes    plural  ) A practical joke is a trick that is intended to embarrass someone or make them look ridiculous.      n-count  
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based on scientific testing or practical experience, not on ideas
I found out that the distance from the pond doesn't affect the number of plants from the empirical data I collected.
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