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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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impracticability \ (ˌ)im-​ˌprak-​ti-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impracticable (audio) \ noun
impracticably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​blē How to pronounce impracticable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of impracticable in a Sentence

an impracticable plan for dealing with the recent intrusion of bears in the suburban neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web The series explores the continual pressure exerted on women — and the particular pressure that women exert on themselves — to achieve an impracticable ideal. New York Times, 11 June 2021 However, a personal guarantee becomes impracticable when there are potentially hundreds of owners, and none of them owns more than 20% of the business. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, 7 June 2021 In any other context, those quarries—now the Carrières des Lumières art venue for light and sound installations—would have been impracticable. Tina Isaac-goizé, Vogue, 4 May 2021 The expectation or requirement of mask-wearing is impracticable to impose only on those who are vulnerable or may be dangerous. Nicole Saphier, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 While many Americans agree that this is one of our country’s greatest crises, solutions can seem overwhelming and impracticable. Daniel S. Loeb, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2020 Experts believe the plan is impracticable and unlikely to materialize. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2020 Teachers’ impracticable demands are leaving students, even at charter schools, stuck at home. Kyle Smith, National Review, 24 Aug. 2020 Strategies well-suited for offices, factories or retail may be ill-suited for film production, where people often work closely together for extended periods of time, and where remote work is often impracticable, if not impossible. Anthony J. Oncidi, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of impracticable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Impracticable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impracticable

: difficult or impossible to do or use : not practicable


im·​prac·​ti·​ca·​ble | \ im-ˈprak-ti-kə-bəl How to pronounce impracticable (audio) \

Kids Definition of impracticable

: difficult to put into practice or use an impracticable plan


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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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