(Prac"ti*ca*ble) a. [LL. practicare to act, transact, fr. L. practicus active, Gr. : cf. F. practicable,
pratiquer to practice. See Practical.]
1. That may be practiced or performed; capable of being done or accomplished with available means or
resources; feasible; as, a practicable method; a practicable aim; a practicable good.
2. Capable of being used; passable; as, a practicable weapon; a practicable road.
Practicable breach (Mil.), a breach which admits of approach and entrance by an assailing party.
Syn. Possible; feasible. Practicable, Possible. A thing may be possible, i. e., not forbidden by
any law of nature, and yet may not now be practicable for want of the means requisite to its performance.
Prac"ti*ca*ble*ness, n. Prac"ti*ca*bly, adv.
(Prac"ti*cal) a. [L. practicus active, Gr. fit for doing or performing, practical, active, fr. to do,
work, effect: cf. F. pratique, formerly also practique. Cf. Pragmatic, Practice.]
1. Of or pertaining to practice or action.
2. Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical
chemistry. "Man's practical understanding." South. "For all practical purposes." Macaulay.
3. Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a
4. Derived from practice; as, practical skill.
Practical joke, a joke put in practice; a joke the fun of which consists in something done, in distinction
from something said; esp., a trick played upon a person.
(Prac`ti*cal"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being practical; practicalness.
1. In a practical way; not theoretically; really; as, to look at things practically; practically worthless.
2. By means of practice or use; by experience or experiment; as, practically wise or skillful; practically
acquainted with a subject.
3. In practice or use; as, a medicine practically safe; theoretically wrong, but practically right.
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