• relating to what is real rather than to what is possible or imagined
    1. We can speculate about the future, but on a more practical level, we have to admit that we simply don't know what will happen.
    2. An engineer will address the design's practical problems.
    3. She has a lot of practical experience in dealing with these kinds of problems.
    4. The practical [=actual] effect of the change has been very slight.
  • likely to succeed and reasonable to do or use
    1. The book suggests some practical ways to save money.
    2. practical solutions to complicated problems
    3. He thinks wind can be a practical source of renewable energy.
  • appropriate or suited for actual use
    1. The machine is too big to be practical for most private homes.
    2. The shoes are nice, but they're not very practical.
  • relating to what can or should be done in an actual situation
    1. The book is a practical guide to car care.
    2. He gave me some practical advice/help on finding a job.
    3. One of the practical advantages of living in the city is that you have access to public transportation.
    4. I have enough practical knowledge of German to get by.
  • logical and reasonable in a particular situation
    1. We could try to continue, but it's more practical to start over.
    2. We left early for practical reasons—there's less traffic then and it's cooler.
  • tending to make good decisions and to deal with daily life in a sensible way
    1. He is a very practical person with no interest in expensive cars or clothes.
    2. Try to be more practical about money.
  • good at making or repairing things
    1. My husband is not very practical around the house.
  • Noun
  • an examination in which students have to do or make something to show what they have learned
    1. We have our zoology practicals next week.