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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Practical  \Prac"ti*cal\,  a.  [L.  practicus  active,  Gr  ?  fit  for 
  doing  or  performing,  practical,  active,  fr  ?  to  do  work 
  effect:  cf  F.  pratique,  formerly  also  practique.  Cf 
  {Pragmatic},  {Practice}.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  practice  or  action 
  2.  Capable  of  being  turned  to  use  or  account;  useful,  in 
  distinction  from  {ideal}  or  {theoretical};  as  practical 
  chemistry.  ``Man's  practical  understanding.''  --South. 
  ``For  all  practical  purposes.''  --Macaulay. 
  3.  Evincing  practice  or  skill;  capable  of  applying  knowledge 
  to  some  useful  end  as  a  practical  man;  a  practical  mind. 
  4.  Derived  from  practice;  as  practical  skill. 
  {Practical  joke},  a  joke  put  in  practice;  a  joke  the  fun  of 
  which  consists  in  something  done  in  distinction  from 
  something  said  esp.,  a  trick  played  upon  a  person. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  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"  [ant:  {impractical}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {hardheaded},  {hard-nosed},  {pragmatic}] 
  3:  being  actually  such  in  almost  every  respect;  "a  practical 
  failure";  "the  once  elegant  temple  lay  in  virtual  ruin" 
  [syn:  {virtual(a)},  {practical(a)}] 
  4:  having  or  put  to  a  practical  purpose  or  use  "practical 
  mathematics";  "practical  applications  of  calculus" 

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