practical

A stapler is a practical object––it has a use. A hand-crocheted stapler cozy designed to keep a stapler warm at night? Not practical at all.

The word practice, in the sense of "doing," is embedded in the word practical, which is all about "doing." "Is it practical?" means, is it good to do this? Does it have a use? Will it work? Silk shoes in a rainstorm? They're just not practical. A London Fog raincoat? Definitely practical.

Definitions of practical
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adj guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory

“completely practical in his approach to business”
Synonyms:
hard-nosed, hardheaded, pragmatic
realistic
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

adj concerned with actual use or practice

“he is a very practical person”
“the idea had no practical application”
“a practical knowledge of Japanese”
“woodworking is a practical art”
Synonyms:
concrete
capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary
possible
capable of happening or existing
applicative, applicatory
readily applicable or practical
functional
designed for or adapted to a function or use
interoperable
able to exchange and use information
matter-of-fact, pragmatic, pragmatical
concerned with practical matters
operable, practicable
usable for a specific purpose
serviceable
intended or able to serve a purpose without elaboration
unimaginative
dealing only with concrete facts
working
adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something
realistic
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are
serviceable
ready for service or able to give long service
Antonyms:
impractical
not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters
impossible
not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with
crazy, half-baked, screwball, softheaded
foolish; totally unsound
meshuga, meshugga, meshugge, meshuggeneh, meshuggener
senseless; crazy
quixotic, romantic, wild-eyed
not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
unfunctional
not related to or suitable for everyday needs or activities
unwieldy
difficult to work or manipulate
unrealistic
not realistic
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adj having or put to a practical purpose or use

practical mathematics”
practical applications of calculus”
Synonyms:
applied
concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles

adj being actually such in almost every respect

“a practical failure”
Synonyms:
virtual
realistic
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

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