This may be a dumb question, but I am bad at grammar (software engineer).
Example: practical becomes practicality, equal becomes equality
The dictionary calls them nouns, but nouns are defined as
A word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun).
What is confusing is that, by the above definition, the word practicality should be able to "identify any of a class of people, places, or things". So, what class of people, places, or things does "practicality" identify? What if people within that class aren't always practical?
What part of speech do these words fall into?
BONUS: is there such a version of the word empirical?