Authentic vs Practical - What's the difference?

authentic | practical |


As adjectives the difference between authentic and practical

is that authentic is of the same origin as claimed; genuine while practical is based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis.

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.

authentic

English

Alternative forms

* authentical, authentick, authenticke, authentique (all archaic)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Of the same origin as claimed; genuine.
  • The experts confirmed it was an authentic signature.
  • Conforming to reality and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief.
  • The report was completely authentic .
    an authentic''' writer; an '''authentic''' portrait; '''authentic information
  • (music, of a Gregorian mode) Having the final as the lowest note of the mode.
  • (obsolete) authoritative
  • (Milton)

    Synonyms

    * (of the claimed origin) genuine, real, bonafide, bona fide, unfaked * (conforming to fact) reliable, trustworthy, credible, unfaked

    Antonyms

    * (not of the claimed origin) phony, fake; ingenuine

    Derived terms

    * authentically * authenticate * authentication * authenticity * authenticism * authenticist

    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