[prak-tik-lee] /ˈpræk tɪk li/

in effect; virtually:
It is practically useless to protest.
in a manner:
to think practically.
from a point of view:
Practically speaking, the plan is not very promising.
almost; nearly:
Their provisions were practically gone.
/ˈpræktɪkəlɪ; -klɪ/
virtually; almost: it has rained practically every day
in actuality rather than in theory: what can we do practically to help?

1620s, “in a practical manner,” from practical + -ly (2). Meaning “for practical purposes, as good as” is from 1748; loosened sense of “almost” is from 1869.


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