im·​prac·​ti·​cal | \(ˌ)im-ˈprak-ti-kəl \

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

c : impracticable

d : idealistic

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Other Words from impractical

impracticality \(ˌ)im-​ˌprak-​ti-​ˈka-​lə-​tē \ noun
impractically \(ˌ)im-​ˈprak-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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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Further Reading Amazon’s beautiful, functional, impractical Kindle Oasis reviewed But what the Forma and Kobo's other e-readers truly have going for them are ads—or, lack thereof. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 2018 But for us non-royals, a massive veil can feel a bit fussy and impractical. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018 The Air Force had just a few days’ warning, making disassembling them and flying or trucking the parts to safety impractical. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Than a Dozen F-22s May Have Been Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 Although the Carnot efficiency is very easy to calculate, building an engine that operates at that efficiency is highly impractical. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Pulsed engines provide high efficiency, output power, low fluctuations," 25 Sep. 2018 Many of the lifts at the Palace are old and impractical - here's how staff currently navigate from the kitchens to the Palace's Chinese Drawing Room for functions. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Behind-the-Scenes Video of Buckingham Palace Shows Off-Limits Places Visitors Never See," 23 July 2018 Those turned out to be impractical and tedious to use — though automated, the programs were flawed and missed many posts after several attempts. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Want to Purge Your Social Media Timelines? Can You Spare a Few Hours?," 28 Mar. 2018 And so heels were relegated to the realm of the impractical, the irrational, the superficial … which is to say, to the realm of the traditionally feminine. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "What High Heels Can Teach About Gendered ‘Truths’," 26 June 2018 Image By 1949, Bill France Sr. could tell that the famous stock-car races on the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach, Fla., would soon be impractical. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "The Forgotten Figure Behind Daytona International Speedway," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of impractical

1865, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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