impracticable

adjective im·prac·ti·ca·ble \ (ˌ)im-ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl \
Updated on: 2 Mar 2018

Definition of impracticable

1 : impassable
  • an impracticable road
2 : not practicable : incapable of being performed or accomplished by the means employed or at command
  • an impracticable proposal

impracticability

play \(ˌ)im-ˌprak-ti-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

impracticably

play \(ˌ)im-ˈprak-ti-kə-blē\ adverb

Examples of impracticable in a Sentence

  1. an impracticable plan for dealing with the recent intrusion of bears in the suburban neighborhood

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First Known Use of impracticable

1653

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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IMPRACTICABLE Defined for English Language Learners

impracticable

Definition of impracticable for English Language Learners

  • : difficult or impossible to do or use : not practicable


IMPRACTICABLE Defined for Kids

impracticable

adjective im·prac·ti·ca·ble \ im-ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl \

Definition of impracticable for Students

: difficult to put into practice or use
  • an impracticable plan

Law Dictionary

impracticable

adjective im·prac·ti·ca·ble \ im-ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl \

legal Definition of impracticable

: excessively difficult to perform especially by reason of an unforeseen contingency
  • a contract made impracticable by the new regulation


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