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From Old French, from Late Latin practicus (active), from Ancient Greek πρακτικός (praktikós, of or pertaining to action, concerned with action or business, active, practical), from πράσσω (prássō, I do).



practic (plural practics)

  1. A person concerned with action or practice, as opposed to one concerned with theory.


practic (comparative more practic, superlative most practic)

  1. (archaic) Practical.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970:
      , II.i.4.3:
      They that intend the practic cure of melancholy, saith Duretus in his notes to Hollerius, set down nine peculiar scopes or ends […].
  2. (obsolete) Cunning, crafty.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      she vsed hath the practicke paine / Of this false footman [...].

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