Practical vs Pessimistic - What's the difference?

practical | pessimistic |


As adjectives the difference between practical and pessimistic

is that practical is based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis while pessimistic is marked by pessimism and little hopefulness; expecting the worst.

As a noun practical

is (british) a part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability.

practical

English

Noun

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

    (en adjective)
  • Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
  • Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.
  • 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.
  • Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
  • All in all, Jack's a very practical chap

    Antonyms

    * (based on practice or action) theoretical * (being likely to effective and applicable to a real situation) impractical * (of a person) impractical

    Derived terms

    * practicality * practically

    pessimistic

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Marked by pessimism and little hopefulness; expecting the worst.
  • a pessimistic view of the future
  • Pertaining to the worst-case scenario.
  • a pessimistic estimate

    Antonyms

    * optimistic