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adjective practical pronunciation in American English /ˈpræktɪk(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    involving or relating to real situations and events

    Applicants for the job must have at least three years of practical experience.

    Unfortunately Carter’s research has no practical use.

  2. 2
    making sensible decisions and choices, especially the types of decisions and choices that you have to make every day

    Despite their wealth, they were always practical about money.

    a practical attitude to marriage

    1. a.
      likely to solve a problem or deal successfully with a situation

      I can trust you to come up with a practical solution to the problem.

  3. 4
    able to make repairs or do things with your hands in a skillful way

    We aren’t very practical so we usually hire someone to do the major repairs.


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