At first glance, practicable and practical mean the same thing, except that practicable is the possibilities, how feasible this idea might be. Practical, on the other hand, is more realistic and is the commonsense way of actually doing.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: practicable and practical|
|Part of Grammar:|
Able to be done or put into practice successfully
[Theater; of a stage property or part of a set] Designed or constructed for actual use
Of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas
Mindful of the results, usefulness, advantages or disadvantages, etc., of action or procedure
Consisting of, involving, or resulting from practice or action
Of, relating to, or concerned with ordinary activities, business, or work
Engaged or experienced in actual practice or work
Inclined toward or fitted for actual work or useful activities
|The measures will be put into effect as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Signal processing can let you transform a signal into a practicable form.
|There are two obvious practical applications of the research.
Neither of these strategies is practical for smaller businesses.
It was a practical, stylish kitchen.
I’m not unfeeling, just trying to be practical.
Steve’ll fix it — he’s quite practical.
It was a practical certainty that he would try to raise more money.
She was a practical politician credited with much legislation.
He’s a habitual dreamer, who can’t be bothered with practical affairs.
Yes, but we’re looking for a practical person to fill this position.
Noun: nonpracticableness, nonpracticability, practicability, practicableness
Noun: nonpracticalness, nonpracticality, practicality, practicalness
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-17th century from the French praticable, which is from pratiquer meaning put into practice.||Late 16th century from the archaic practic meaning practical (from the Old French practique, via the late Latin from the Greek praktikos meaning concerned with action, from prattein meaning do, act) + -al.|
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