practical ( 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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