impractical

adjective
im·​prac·​ti·​cal | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprak-ti-kəl How to pronounce impractical (audio) \

Definition of impractical

: not practical: such as
a : not wise to put into or keep in practice or effect
b : incapable of dealing sensibly or prudently with practical matters

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Other Words from impractical

impracticality \ (ˌ)im-​ˌprak-​ti-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impracticality (audio) \ noun
impractically \ (ˌ)im-​ˈprak-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce impractically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of impractical in a Sentence

Little sports cars are impractical for large families. He was a dreamy and impractical young man.

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These factors certainly make developing Windows challenging—but so challenging as to make two releases a year impractical? Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 And this week, Beckham has taken her love for impractical footwear to a whole new level. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Somehow Victoria Beckham Makes the Season’s Most Impractical Boots Look Totally Easy," 24 Jan. 2019 Enthusiasts, not as concerned with safety or lawsuits as Hasbro, modded their quirky-but-impractical blasters into better or more maniacal foam-flinging machines. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf's Laser Tag Guns Are Cool, But They Lose What Makes Nerf Great," 17 July 2018 While highly impractical, these tiny purses are dainty and cute for special occasions. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "5 Handbag Trends to Keep Your Eyes on in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 While impractical, this nail shape is undeniably cool. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Easy Way to Figure Out Which Nail Shape Looks Best on You," 10 Jan. 2019 See also: Partying in Hamptons could get harder if one village has its way Over the past few months, the plan has prompted criticism from some homeowners for being intrusive, unnecessary and impractical. Amanda L Gordon, Bloomberg.com, "East Hampton Passes Law to Keep Tabs on Village's Social Circuit," 20 Apr. 2018 Avoid the pitfalls of giving impractical or inappropriate gifts with a few of these helpful suggestions. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014 Jumping straight to offering a large-scale taxi service might turn out to be impractical, even in a geofenced area like the Phoenix suburbs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of impractical

1865, in the meaning defined above

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impractical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impractical

: not easy to do or use : not suitable for the situation
of a person : not sensible : not able to deal with practical matters effectively

impractical

adjective
im·​prac·​ti·​cal | \ im-ˈprak-ti-kəl How to pronounce impractical (audio) \

Kids Definition of impractical

1 : not suitable for a situation : not practical Small cars are impractical for large families.
2 : not capable of dealing sensibly with matters that require action an impractical dreamer

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