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Better be common-sensed and practical, taking things as they are.

The Phoenicians, before all else, were practical business men.

The thoughts of the men of that day were as practical as their sentiments were patriotic.

I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first.

But one remark was at once singularly philosophical and practical.

He had uttered his own practical unbelief, however, with considerable accuracy.

In using this device, only a coal or a wood stove is practical.

The practical question, then, is what to do with the children.

But her busy brain was working, too,—the practical brain that she had got from her mother's side.

And then the wedding; and the practical Cadge surprised us all.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., practicale "of or pertaining to matters of practice; applied," with -al (1) + earlier practic (adj.) "dealing with practical matters, applied, not merely theoretical" (early 15c.), or practic (n.) "method, practice, use" (late 14c.). In some cases directly from Old French practique (adj.) "fit for action," earlier pratique (13c.) and Medieval Latin practicalis, from Late Latin practicus "practical, active," from Greek praktikos "fit for action, fit for business; business-like, practical; active, effective, vigorous," from praktos "done; to be done," verbal adjective of prassein, prattein "to do, act, effect, accomplish."

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