impracticable

adjective
im·prac·ti·ca·ble | \(ˌ)im-ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl \

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

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Other Words from impracticable

impracticability \(ˌ)im-ˌprak-ti-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
impracticably \(ˌ)im-ˈprak-ti-kə-blē \ adverb

Examples of impracticable in a Sentence

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

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But with Yee as the agent, communicating such an assurance was impracticable. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Should Agent Don Yee be Allowed to Represent Brady and Garoppolo?," 5 Jan. 2018 Judges have opted for that approach when concluding that limiting a ruling only to their specific district would be impracticable. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Five Takeaways From Hawaii Judge’s Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban," 14 July 2017 The building is in such a state of obsolescence that remodeling would be impracticable, the owners said. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Odd Fellows Temple was lost Hannaford design," 30 Aug. 2017 But schemes to mine and shuttle raw materials seem impracticable to many experts. Charlie Wood, The Christian Science Monitor, "To colonize space, start closer to Earth," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of impracticable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impracticable was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of impracticable

: difficult or impossible to do or use : not practicable

impracticable

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

Kids Definition of impracticable

: difficult to put into practice or use an impracticable plan

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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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