One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
in reality, actually, in real life, realistically, practically, effectivelyView synonyms
- ‘He argues that in practice researchers do not base their decisions about sample size on a single estimate of a variable.’
- ‘Well, you might say, that is all very well, but how does it translate in practice?’
- ‘It remains to be seen whether in practice the discretion is exercised lawfully.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Critics, however, argued that such contracts were unenforceable in practice.’
- ‘These different layers of management in practice merge into each other.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are four possible explanations for why performance data have so little influence in practice.’
2Currently proficient in a particular activity or skill as a result of repeated exercise or performance of it.
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