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noun practicality pronunciation in British English /ˌpræktɪˈkæləti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the quality of being effective, useful, or suitable for a particular purpose or situation
    No one’s work compares with hers for its practicality or efficiency.
    a living room with both practicality and elegance
  2. 2
    [uncountable] a sensible attitude towards making decisions and plans
    My sense of practicality always stops me from buying any really exciting clothes.
  3. 3


    [plural] the real facts or details of a situation, rather than ideas or theories
    the practicalities of living at sea


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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