- In practice; in effect or actuality, though possibly not officially.
- 1893, C. E. Akers, “The Argentine Position”, in Argentine, Patagonian, and Chilian Sketches, with a Few Notes on Uruguay., London: Harrison and Sons, page 12:
- It is true that the Articles of the [Argentine] Constitution promise fair conditions under which to live; but, unfortunately, the self-same Constitution, in the hands of unscrupulous administrators, becomes so elastic as to be practically a dead letter.
- Almost completely; almost entirely.
- He was practically uneducated, barely able to read and write a simple sentence.
- 1969, Robert Farrar Capon, “Living Water”, in The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection:
- The turnip is one of the lordliest vegetables in the world; its broth is practically a soup in itself.
- With respect to practices or a practice.
- He wasn't very good with words or numbers; he was more of a practically minded person
- He was practically educated and lacked theoretical depth.
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In practice, in effect