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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In 1918, the idea of scooping out the muck and creating an anchorage was floated again, but this time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stepped in, saying such an undertaking was simply impractical. Los Angeles Times, "Jerry Epstein, last of the Marina del Rey developers, dies at 96," 11 Sep. 2019 Having people manually review endless code changes all the time is impractical at such a large scale. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code," 15 Aug. 2019 New technology was starting to transform the oil and gas industry by giving developers the capacity to tap deep shale reserves around the country that were long known to contain gas and oil but were impractical to develop. Keith Schneider, ProPublica, "West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration," 31 July 2019 Another plan that was ultimately dismissed as being too impractical was using decommissioned military bunkers as artificial hibernation chambers for wintering bat populations. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "A deadly fungus is killing millions of bats in the U.S. Now it’s in California," 5 July 2019 Lay low in December when your moneymaking ideas could be off base, and your ideas could be impractical to execute. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 5, 2019: Libra avoid unnecessary struggles; Pisces, choose not to respond, yet," 5 July 2019 Another plan that was ultimately dismissed as being too impractical was using decommissioned military bunkers as artificial hibernation chambers for wintering bat populations. Louis Sahagun, SFChronicle.com, "A deadly fungus is killing millions of bats in the US. Now it’s in California," 5 July 2019 Automakers show photos and renderings of ambitious (i.e. impractical) vehicles all the time. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "First-ever Lexus space jet idea has specs you've never heard of, until now," 14 June 2019 That plane, the North American X-15, was powered by rocket engines, which are impractical for commercial air travel. Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "This hypersonic airliner would take you from Los Angeles to Tokyo in under two hours," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of impractical

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impractical was in 1865

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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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