(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. usable, useful; advisable; practicable, pragmatic, feasible, effective. See possibility, utility. Ant., impractical.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. matter-of-fact, pragmatic, unimaginative, solid, practicable, feasible, workable, functional, useful, sound, sound-thinking, down-to-earth, unRomantic, unsentimental, unidealistic, hardheaded, realistic, sensible, sane, reasonable, rational, to one's advantage, operative, utilitarian, possible, usable, serviceable, efficient, effective, working, nuts-and-bolts*, with both feet on the ground*.
Ant. impractical*, visionary, impracticable, unserviceable.
Syn.- practical , when used of things, stresses usefulness and effectiveness as tested by actual experience, and when used of people, stresses a sensible, realistic approach to life or to the particular circumstances; practicable is used of something that appears to be capable of being done or put into effect, but has not yet been developed or tried [ before the era of electronics, television did not seem practicable ; today it is but one of the practical applications of the science ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
useful, realistic, utilitarian, sensible, down-to-earth, sane, workable, practicable, functional, serviceable, pragmatic.
ANT.: impractical, unworkable, unrealistic
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Resulting from experience or practice: practiced. See KNOWLEDGE. 2. Serving or capable of serving a useful purpose: functional, handy, practicable, serviceable, useful, utilitarian. See USED. 3. Having or indicating an awareness of things as they really are: down-to-earth, hard, hardheaded, matter-of-fact, objective, pragmatic, pragmatical, prosaic, realistic, sober, tough-minded, unromantic. See EXCITE, REAL. 4. Involved in the essential nature of something but not shown or developed: implicit, virtual. See BE, SHOW.

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