As adjectives the difference between practical and purposeful
is that practical
is based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis while purposeful
is having purpose; intentional.
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.
(British) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use
- Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.
Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
- Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.
- All in all, Jack's a very practical chap
* (based on practice or action) theoretical
* (being likely to effective and applicable to a real situation) impractical
* (of a person) impractical
Having purpose; intentional.
Having a purpose in mind; resolute; determined.
, date=November 10
, author=Jeremy Wilson
, title= England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report
, passage=An utterly emphatic 5-0 victory was ultimately capped by two wonder strikes in the last two minutes from Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner. Before that, England had utterly dominated to take another purposeful
stride towards the 2013 European Championship in Israel. They have already established a five-point buffer at the top of Group Eight. }}
* nose to the grindstone