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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He was distinguished from his impractical brothers Fifer and Fiddler by his angry eyebrows. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Dallas' impractical use of the Trinity River puzzled Carlos Flores and many other readers who asked Curious Texas: Did Dallas ever try to be an inland port? Dallas News, "Port city plans, Dallas Museum of Natural History and more from Curious Texas this week," 21 June 2019 Very cunningly, in her view, hers was mounted on four small wheels, which turned it, officially, from a wildly impractical steamer trunk into just another carry-on, albeit a carry-on you might have carried onto the SS Ile de France in 1927. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 Stylists have called in full looks, even down to the impractical but chic pint-size bag for a supermodel; there may have been several mood boards involved. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Naturally, Charlotte Gainsbourg Has Perfected Parisian Airport Style," 14 May 2019 No degree of minimalist aesthetic merits such inane, impractical storage, in my humble opinion. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating Reason Bobby Berk Stores Books This Way on Queer Eye," 9 May 2019 What is more Camp than a 'fro of impractical proportions, complete with its own stockpile of hair tools? Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Lupita Nyong'o Wore Makeup Inspired by Iconic Drag Queen Divine to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 For folks like that, the Gladiator might be impractical. Charles Fleming,, "The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a beastly pickup truck that’s built to be battered," 14 June 2019 But China has faced increasing pushback from partner countries around the world over the Belt and Road, including accusations of unreasonable debts and impractical projects. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Weakened by the trade war, Xi returns to security conference ready to woo Modi and Putin," 14 June 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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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


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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