Practical vs. Theoretical

Practical vs. Theoretical — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Practical and Theoretical

Practicaladjective

Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory or speculation

gained practical experience of sailing as a deck hand.

Theoreticaladjective

Of, relating to, or based on theory.

Practicaladjective

Manifested in or involving practice

practical applications of calculus.

Theoreticaladjective

Restricted to theory; not practical or applied

theoretical physics.

Practicaladjective

Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful

practical knowledge of Japanese. See Usage Note at practicable.

Theoreticaladjective

Studying or working to develop theory.

Practicaladjective

Concerned with the production or operation of something useful

Woodworking is a practical art.

Theoreticaladjective

Of or relating to theory; abstract; not empirical.

Practicaladjective

Having or showing good judgment; sensible

If we're practical, we can do the job quickly.

Theoreticaladjective

concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations;

theoretical science

Practicaladjective

Being actually so in almost every respect; virtual

The snowstorm was a practical disaster.

Theoreticaladjective

concerned with theories rather than their practical applications;

theoretical physics

Practicalnoun

(British) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability

Theoreticaladjective

based on specialized theory;

a theoretical analysis

Practicaladjective

Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis

Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.

Practicaladjective

Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use

Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.

Practicaladjective

Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical

All in all, Jack's a very practical chap.

Practicaladjective

concerned with actual use or practice;

he is a very practical personthe idea had no practical applicationa practical knowledge of Japanesewoodworking is a practical art

Practicaladjective

guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory;

a hardheaded appraisal of our positiona hard-nosed labor leadercompletely practical in his approach to businessnot ideology but pragmatic politics

Practicaladjective

being actually such in almost every respect;

a practical failurethe once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin

Practicaladjective

having or put to a practical purpose or use;

practical mathematicspractical applications of calculus