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1. Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory or speculation: gained practical experience of sailing as a deck hand.
2. Manifested in or involving practice: practical applications of calculus.
3. Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful: practical knowledge of Japanese. See Usage Note at practicable.
4. Concerned with the production or operation of something useful: Woodworking is a practical art.
5. Having or showing good judgment; sensible: If we're practical, we can do the job quickly.
6. Being actually so in almost every respect; virtual: The snowstorm was a practical disaster.
[Middle English practicale, from Medieval Latin prācticālis, from prāctica, practice; see practicable.]
prac′ti·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē), prac′ti·cal·ness n.