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.
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"