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practicable, practical

Practicable refers to what is possible. It never describes people.

  • Your plan is not practicable; it cannot be carried out in the time available.

Practical refers to people, procedures or objects that are useful or realistic.

  • A pocket knife is a practical item to take on a hike.
  • Engineers are practical people who apply theory and technology to solve problems.

Thus, a practical solution is practicable (feasible), but a practicable (possible) solution is not always practical (realistic).

  • It may be practicable to live in a tree, but it is not practical.