What is practical?

  • (adj): Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory.
    Example: "Completely practical in his approach to business"
    Synonyms: hardheaded, hard-nosed, pragmatic
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on practical:

St. Petersburg Christian University - Study Programs - Bachelor of Christian Education
... This three-year study focuses on aspects of practical ministry ... The major coursework concerns practical ministry as well as education ... Students study practical theology, various areas of pedagogy as well as small group organization and leadership ...
St. Petersburg Christian University - Study Programs - Bachelor of Youth Ministry
... The program of study is three years and focuses on practical ministry aspects ... The main focus of the program is on the practical sphere of youth ministry ... Students study practical theology, youth ministry and leadership ...
Practical Kabbalah
... Practical Kabbalah (Heb קבלה מעשית Kabbalah Ma'asit) in historical Judaism, is a branch of the Jewish mystical tradition that concerns the use of magic ... According to Gershom Scholem, many of the teachings of practical Kabbalah predate and are independent of the theoretical Kabbalah which is usually associated with the term Historically speaking, a large part of ... In effect, what came to be considered practical Kabbalah constituted an agglomeration of all the magical practices that developed in Judaism from the Talmudic period down through the Middle Ages ...
Brian Culp - Technology Career - Recent Projects
... Kansas, and is currently authoring Practical Windows Server 2008 Hundreds of Practical Tips and Tweaks for Everyday Windows Server Administration (Practical), due December 29, 2008, MCITP Windows Server 2008 ...

More definitions of "practical":

  • (adj): Being actually such in almost every respect.
    Example: "A practical failure"
    Synonyms: virtual
  • (adj): Having or put to a practical purpose or use.
    Example: "Practical mathematics"; "practical applications of calculus"
  • (adj): Concerned with actual use or practice.
    Example: "He is a very practical person"; "the idea had no practical application"; "a practical knowledge of Japanese"; "woodworking is a practical art"

Famous quotes containing the word practical:

    One of the great triumphs of the nineteenth century was to limit the connotation of the word “immoral” in such a way that, for practical purposes, only those were immoral who drank too much or made too copious love. Those who indulged in any or all of the other deadly sins could look down in righteous indignation on the lascivious and the gluttonous.... In the name of all lechers and boozers I most solemnly protest against the invidious distinction made to our prejudice.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

    While there are practical and sometimes moral reasons for the decomposition of the family, it coincides neither with what most people in society say they desire nor, especially in the case of children, with their best interests.
    Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century)

    Missionaries, whether of philosophy or religion, rarely make rapid way, unless their preachings fall in with the prepossessions of the multitude of shallow thinkers, or can be made to serve as a stalking-horse for the promotion of the practical aims of the still larger multitude, who do not profess to think much, but are quite certain they want a great deal.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)