Definition of in practice in English:

in practice


  • 1In reality (used to refer to what actually happens as opposed to what is meant or believed to happen)

    ‘in theory this method is ideal—in practice it is unrealistic’
    • ‘It remains to be seen whether in practice the discretion is exercised lawfully.’
    • ‘There are four possible explanations for why performance data have so little influence in practice.’
    • ‘Thus imprisonment and the exercise of conjugal rights are incompatible in practice.’
    • ‘The current one has proved to be rather unwieldy in practice and I shall be glad to consign it to history.’
    • ‘He argues that in practice researchers do not base their decisions about sample size on a single estimate of a variable.’
    • ‘These different layers of management in practice merge into each other.’
    • ‘Well, you might say, that is all very well, but how does it translate in practice?’
    • ‘Critics, however, argued that such contracts were unenforceable in practice.’
    • ‘But many of them only serve the slogan with their lips, and do not abide by it in practice.’
    • ‘While these travellers might not support globalism in theory, in practice it oozes from their every pore.’
    in reality, actually, in real life, realistically, practically, effectively
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  • 2Currently proficient in a particular activity or skill as a result of repeated exercise or performance of it.