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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. 3
    intended to be useful or appropriate, not just fashionable or attractive
    I need a practical hairstyle that’s easy to care for.
    a practical car for the family
  4. 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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