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
Recent Examples on the Web While many Americans agree that this is one of our country’s greatest crises, solutions can seem overwhelming and impracticable. Daniel S. Loeb, WSJ, "Effective Giving Requires Rolling Up Your Sleeves," 16 Oct. 2020 Experts believe the plan is impracticable and unlikely to materialize. Washington Post, "Migration, in reverse," 1 Oct. 2020 Teachers’ impracticable demands are leaving students, even at charter schools, stuck at home. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Teachers’ Unions vs. the Poor," 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, "How Hollywood Can Make On-Set Work Safer When Production Resumes (Guest Column)," 30 Apr. 2020 In addition, employers should also provide hand sanitizer for when hand washing is impracticable. Anthony J. Oncidi, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can Make On-Set Work Safer When Production Resumes (Guest Column)," 30 Apr. 2020 This defense is when a party’s performance is made impracticable without his fault by the occurrence of an unanticipated event. Dallas News, "The pandemic of lawsuits: breach of contract defenses," 25 Mar. 2020 With a growing number of qualifying events already canceled, the summer start date is looking increasingly impracticable. Isabel Reynolds / Bloomberg, Time, "Japanese Prime Minister Gives First Hints Tokyo Olympics Could Be Postponed," 17 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of impracticable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Oct 2020

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“Impracticable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of impracticable

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


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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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