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

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 impracticability (audio) \ noun
impracticably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈprak-​ti-​kə-​blē How to pronounce impracticably (audio) \ 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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If dodging becomes impracticable, Lopes recommends finding a mound or large boulder for shelter and covering your head with a backpack when a helmet or hard-hat is unavailable. Giannella M. Garrett,, "When planning a hike on an active volcano, safety before spectacle," 11 May 2018 And by Thursday morning, Trump’s tantrum included Mexico, including a vague and impracticable threat to use the US military to seal the border entirely: .... Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s latest tweets about the migrant caravan, explained (and debunked)," 18 Oct. 2018 But with Yee as the agent, communicating such an assurance was impracticable. Michael Mccann,, "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,, "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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English Language Learners Definition of impracticable

formal : 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


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

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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