Synonyms of practical
1 functionalDictionary • practical suggestions on how to improve your diet
efficient • an efficient form of contraception
pragmatic • a pragmatic approach to the problems faced by Latin America
2 empiricalDictionary • theories based on practical knowledge
empirical • There is no empirical evidence to support his theory.
real • No, it wasn't a dream. It was real.
actual • She had written some notes, but she hadn't started the actual work.
hands-on • People will be able to get involved in the hands-on display.
in the field
experimental • The technique is still in the experimental stages.
3 sensibleDictionary • She is always so practical and full of common sense.
sensible • She was a sensible girl and did not panic.
ordinary • My life seems pretty ordinary compared to yours.
realistic • a realistic view of what we can afford
down-to-earth • She's the most down-to-earth person I've met.
mundane • Be willing to do mundane tasks with good grace.
matter-of-fact • He gave her the news in a matter-of-fact way.
no-nonsense • With his gruff Scottish voice and no-nonsense attitude, he's an imposing figure.
businesslike • Mr Penn sounds quite businesslike.
hard-headed • a hard-headed and shrewd businesswoman
workaday • an escape from the tedium of the workaday world
4 feasibleDictionary • We do not yet have any practical way to prevent cancer.
feasible • The deal was not economically feasible.
possible • Everything is possible if we want it enough.
viable • commercially viable products
constructive • Both men described the talks as frank, friendly and constructive.
workable • This isn't a workable solution to the problem.
practicable • Teachers can only be expected to do what is practicable.
5 usefulDictionary • clothes which are practical as well as stylish
useful • The police gained useful information about the organisation.
ordinary • It was just an ordinary day for us.
sensible • It might be sensible to get a solicitor.
everyday • an exhilarating escape from the drudgery of everyday life
functional • The decor is functional.
utilitarian • Bruce's office is a corner one, utilitarian and unglamorous.
serviceable • His Arabic was serviceable enough.
6 skilledDictionary • people with practical experience of running businesses
skilled • skilled workers, such as plumbers
working • I used to have a good working knowledge of French.
seasoned • The author is a seasoned academic.
experienced • a team made up of experienced professionals
qualified • Demand has far outstripped supply of qualified teachers.
efficient • a highly efficient worker
accomplished • one of the most accomplished authors of our time
proficient • Many Egyptians are proficient in foreign languages.
usage note:A distinction is usually made between practical and practicable. Practical refers to a person, idea, project, etc, as being more concerned with or relevant to practice than theory: he is a very practical person; the idea had no practical application. Practicable refers to a project or idea as being capable of being done or put into effect: the plan was expensive, yet practicable.
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accomplishedIf someone is accomplished at something, they are very good at it.
• one of the most accomplished authors of our time
tasty (British, informal),
tasty (British, informal),
• She had written some notes, but she hadn't started the actual work.
businesslikeIf you describe someone as businesslike, you mean that they deal with things in an efficient way without wasting time.
• Mr Penn sounds quite businesslike.
Thesaurus for practical from the Collins English Thesaurus
of, involving, or concerned with experience or actual use; not theoretical
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