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Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
William S. Burroughs

Meaning of "practical" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PRACTICAL

From earlier practic, from French pratique, via Late Latin from Greek praktikos, from prassein to experience, negotiate, perform.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PRACTICAL

practical  [ˈpræktɪkəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PRACTICAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Practical can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES PRACTICAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

practical

Pragmatism

Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that began in the United States around 1870. Pragmatism is a rejection of the idea that the function of thought is to describe, represent, or mirror reality. Instead, pragmatists develop their philosophy around the idea that the function of thought is as an instrument or tool for prediction, action, and problem solving. Pragmatists contend that most philosophical topics—such as the nature of knowledge, language, concepts, meaning, belief, and science—are all best viewed in terms of their practical uses and successes rather than in terms of representative accuracy. A few of the various but interrelated positions often characteristic of philosophers working from a pragmatist approach include: ▪ Epistemology: a coherentist theory of justification that rejects the claim that all knowledge and justified belief rest ultimately on a foundation of noninferential knowledge or justified belief. Coherentists hold that justification is solely a function of some relationship between beliefs, none of which are privileged beliefs in the way maintained by foundationalist theories of justification.

Definition of practical in the English dictionary

The first definition of practical in the dictionary is of, involving, or concerned with experience or actual use; not theoretical. Other definition of practical is of or concerned with ordinary affairs, work, etc. Practical is also adapted or adaptable for use.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PRACTICAL


anaptyctical
ˌænæpˈtɪktɪkəl
anticlimactical
ˌæntɪklaɪˈmæktɪkəl
apodictical
ˌæpəˈdɪktɪkəl
apomictical
ˌæpəˈmɪktɪkəl
apoplectical
ˌæpəˈplɛktɪkəl
climactical
klaɪˈmæktɪkəl
dialectical
ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪkəl
epideictical
ˌepɪˈdaɪktɪkəl
geotactical
ˌdʒiːəʊˈtæktɪkəl
impractical
ɪmˈpræktɪkəl
parallactical
ˌpærəˈlæktɪkəl
paratactical
ˌpærəˈtæktɪkəl
phyllotactical
ˌfɪləʊˈtæktɪkəl
stalactical
stəˈlæktɪkəl
stereotactical
ˌstɛrɪəʊˈtæktɪkəl
syntactical
sɪnˈtæktɪkəl
syntectical
sɪnˈtektɪkəl
tactical
ˈtæktɪkəl
ultrapractical
ˌʌltrəˈpræktɪkəl
unpractical
ʌnˈpræktɪkəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PRACTICAL

practic
practicability
practicable
practicableness
practicably
practical joke
practical joker
practical nurse
practical reason
practical reasoning
practicalism
practicalist
practicalities
practicality
practically
practicalness
practice
practice exam
practice game
practice manager

WORDS THAT END LIKE PRACTICAL

aeronautical
alphabetical
analytical
chemical
critical
diacritical
elliptical
grammatical
hypothetical
identical
mathematical
metical
mystical
nautical
optical
pharmaceutical
political
skeptical
statistical
theoretical
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Synonyms and antonyms of practical in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PRACTICAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «practical» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of practical

Translation of «practical» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PRACTICAL

Find out the translation of practical to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of practical from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «practical» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

实际的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

práctico
570 millions of speakers

English

practical
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

व्यावहारिक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عَمَلِيّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

практический
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

prático
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্যবহারিক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pratique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Praktikal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

praktisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

実際的な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

실용적인
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Praktis
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thực tế
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நடைமுறை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

व्यावहारिक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

pratik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pratico
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

praktyczny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

практичний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

practic
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πρακτικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

praktiese
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

praktisk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

praktisk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of practical

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PRACTICAL»

The term «practical» is very widely used and occupies the 5.011 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about practical

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10 QUOTES WITH «PRACTICAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word practical.
1
Samuel Alexander
It is more difficult to designate this form of conation on its practical side by a satisfactory name.
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Samuel Alexander
Thus the same object may supply a practical perception to one person and a speculative one to another, or the same person may perceive it partly practically and partly speculatively.
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Sidney Altman
By the time I reached high school my father's grocery store had made our life adequately comfortable and I was able to choose, without any practical encumbrances, the subjects that I wanted to pursue in college.
4
Shari Arison
As the owner of the Arison Group, a philanthropic and business enterprise that spans across 40 countries in 5 continents, my ongoing challenge is to bridge the gap between what I envision and its understanding and practical implementation. The Arison Group operates to realize the overall vision of Doing Good.
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Giorgio Armani
I design for real people. I think of our customers all the time. There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing or accessories that are not practical.
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Luciano Berio
The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect.
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Dennis C. Blair
I find when you talk with the Chinese on most subjects, they are very practical.
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Ursula Burns
My mother was pragmatic, focused and extremely, exceedingly practical, and she was the ultimate self-determining person.
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William S. Burroughs
Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
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Kenneth Clarke
Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PRACTICAL»

Discover the use of practical in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to practical and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts, Or, Practical ...
The enduring influence of the architect Gottfried Semper (1803-1879) derives primarily from his monumental theoretical foray Der Stil in der technischen und tektonischen K�nsten (1860-62), here translated into English for the first ...
Gottfried Semper, 2004
2
A Practical Guide to Localization
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Bert Esselink, 2000
3
Practical Statistics for Astronomers
Presents the most relevant statistical and probabilistic machinery for use in observational astronomy.
J. V. Wall, C. R. Jenkins, 2003
4
Small, Smart & Practical Track Plans
Features custom-designed prototype-oriented HO and N scale layout designs and perspective drawings for spaces no larger than 10 x 12 feet. Perfect for modelers second project layout or a portable railroad that travels well.
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Practical Perforce
An engaging read, this text imparts best practices for using the Perforce Software Configuration Management system--written by a Perforce insider.
Laura Wingerd, 2005
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Practical Law Office Management
This is a practical, hands-on text designed for paralegal courses that cover day-to-day law office management topics.
Brent Roper, 2006
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Practical Computer Literacy
This book provides a state of the art introduction to computer concepts and software applications, written in an easy to read style.
June Jamrich Parsons, Dan Oja, 2010
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A Practical Guide to Heavy Tails: Statistical Techniques and ...
This volume contains a unique collection of mathematical essays that resent a battery of techniques and approaches for the statistical analysis of heavy tailed distributions and processes.
Robert Adler, Raya Feldman, Murad Taqqu, 1998
9
Practical Heat Treating
What is heat treatment? This book describes heat treating technology in clear, concise, and nontheoretical language.
Jon L. Dossett, Howard E. Boyer, 2006
10
Metaphor: A Practical Introduction
This second edition includes two new chapters--on 'metaphors in discourse' and 'metaphor and emotion' --along with new exercises, responses to criticism and recent developments in the field, and revised student exercises, tables, and ...
Zoltan Kovecses, 1987

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PRACTICAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term practical is used in the context of the following news items.
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Bryan Singer Shows Off Massive Practical Set for X-Men: Apocalypse
As production continues on X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer has revealed another new image from the set of the highly-anticipated ... «ComingSoon.net, Jul 15»
2
Practical Privacy Guidance: A Consumer Data Compact
They, however, lack practical guidance for assessing the legal implications of their innovations and could feel dis-incentivized by the prevailing ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
3
A Practical Solution: Run Police Departments Like Fire Departments
There are compelling arguments on both sides of that question, but no practical solutions offered by anyone. At the end of these discussions ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
4
Is this the most dangerous practical joke ever? Police slam jokers …
Police have hit out at practical jokers who staged a hoax armed robbery at a cafe. Officers armed with Tasers were deployed to the scene on ... «Manchester Evening News, Jul 15»
5
Conducting a Practical Compliance Risk Assessment
Internal auditors and compliance professionals have become attuned to recognizing that if you want support of the C-suite, you should focus on ... «Compliance Week, Jul 15»
6
Kasich-Walker pits practical vs. oddly popular
Republicans won't win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are ... «Las Vegas Sun, Jul 15»
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20 Twitter Feeds for Online Merchants
Her Twitter feed focuses on practical tools and resources for entrepreneurs. Amy Porterfield @AmyPorterfield. Gary Vaynerchuck @garyvee. «Practical Ecommerce, Jul 15»
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After Iran Deal, Supporters of Israel have Practical Steps at their …
Despite years of our warnings, the United States and the P5+1 powers reached a nuclear agreement with Iran. As we had feared, the deal is ... «Breaking Israel News, Jul 15»
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Practical Law Public Sector - Editor 27/07
We are a growing business in the UK, especially since the acquisition of Practical Law Company in 2013. We are very excited about the next ... «LawCareers.Net, Jul 15»
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Trade secrets and the AIA: The practical considerations of …
The following paragraphs provide some practical strategies for accumulating evidence in support of each of these three elements. «InsideCounsel, Jul 15»

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