Definitions of practical

  1. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory; " a hardheaded appraisal of our position"; " a hard- nosed labor leader"; " completely practical in his approach to business"; " not ideology but pragmatic politics"
  2. having or put to a practical purpose or use; " practical mathematics"; " practical applications of calculus"
  3. concerned with actual use or practice; " he is a very practical person"; " the idea had no practical application"; " a practical knowledge of Japanese"; " woodworking is a practical art"
  4. being actually such in almost every respect; " a practical failure"; " the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
  5. Of or pertaining to practice or action.
  6. Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry.
  7. Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind.
  8. Derived from practice; as, practical skill.
  9. Pertaining to, or obtained through, experience or use; capable of being put to use; useful; tending to, or shown in, action; as, a practical education; inclined to useful action rather than thought; capable of using knowledge gained from experience: virtual.
  10. That can be put in practice: useful: applying knowledge to some useful end.
  13. Relating to practice; useful; not theoretic or fanciful.
  14. Pertaining to actual experience.
  15. Derived from practise.
  16. Being such in fact or effect.
  17. Practicality.
  18. Pertaining to practice or action; that may be used in practice or applied to use; that reduces knowledge or theory to use; trained by practice; derived from practice. Practical joke, a mischievous trick.
  19. Pert. to action or use; that may be done or acted; derived from practice or experience; that may be reduced to actual use; not theoretical.

Quotes of practical

  1. Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. – Henry Adams
  2. It is more difficult to designate this form of conation on its practical side by a satisfactory name. – Samuel Alexander
  3. I chose Sony Classics, not just because of their practical experience, not just because of their wisdom in marketing, but mainly because of their integrity. – Arthur Cohn
  4. The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason. – Immanuel Kant
  5. If I had undertaken the practical direction of military operations, and anything went amiss, I feared that my conscience would torture me, as guilty of the fall of my country, as I had not been familiar with military tactics. – Lajos Kossuth
  6. I would say practical progressive, which means that the Republican party or any political party has got to recognize the problems of a growing and complex industrial civilization. And I don't think the Republican party is really wide awake to that. – Alf Landon
  7. I never really was much of a practical jokester or anything. – Kristanna Loken
  8. Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity. – H. P. Lovecraft
  9. If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. – H. P. Lovecraft
  10. The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. – Theodore Roosevelt
  11. We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it. – John Ruskin
  12. Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form. – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
  13. When the Nobel award came my way, it also gave me an opportunity to do something immediate and practical about my old obsessions, including literacy, basic health care and gender equity, aimed specifically at India and Bangladesh. – Amartya Sen
  14. History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don't use the stuff well, it might as well be dead. – Arnold J. Toynbee
  15. I'm very practical What I'm reaching for is individualism for women. – Kathleen Turner

Usage examples for practical

  1. But after lunch on the second day it came upon him that all this sort of thing was pleasant but not practical – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  2. This girl looked awake and practical – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett
  3. " That was a terrible practical joke you played on me with the black casquette, you know. – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  4. Tom, sighed the Doctor, here's the practical question- you realize what all this means to Laura? – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  5. Gradually she became more practical – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  6. Then we will be practical – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
  7. But why should we labour to prove the advantage of practical science to the University? – Five of Maxwell's Papers by James Clerk Maxwell
  8. From a practical point of view it was a pity, of course, that Hew was like that, but she liked him the better for it. – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. " What a hideous practical joke I have turned out! – The Pines of Lory by John Ames Mitchell
  10. " I don't like- practical jokes," Dick said. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  11. Perhaps you yourself did not at first look upon the thing in the practical light in which it will appear to you later on. – Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt, Volume 1 by Francis Hueffer (translator)
  12. There at last was the practical solution of the mystery. – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  13. A number of practical things. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  14. He isn't practical not the least idea of the value of money. – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  15. This telegram might be a practical joke, especially as it came from a Frenchman. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  16. Your brother is a man of the world, and much more than that; he will not, cannot, refuse to believe you, and his practical aid will comfort you in every way. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  17. He was not more likely to take practical possession of that kingdom than of the mountains in the moon. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  18. " In the evening something was said about many ghost- stories being the result of a practical joke. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  19. It was the practical Moreton who cried:-" Let's see what we've got!" – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. " I am a very practical girl just now," she retorted. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Rhymes for practical

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