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

Other Words from impractical

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

Examples of impractical in a Sentence

Little sports cars are impractical for large families. He was a dreamy and impractical young man.
Recent Examples on the Web Already this approach is altogether impractical in a country like Japan, where small size, mountainous terrain and high population density render new infrastructure especially undesirable. David W. Freeman, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2021 But others in the industry have suggested that would be impractical, and pointed instead to imposing some credentials to work as a film armorer. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 4 Nov. 2021 One option, however impractical, is to minimize (or eliminate) one’s digital footprint and otherwise to live as uncontroversial a life as possible. Jack Butler, National Review, 26 Aug. 2021 But there are challenges; Lam says that high-tech greenhouses can successfully produce vine crops and leafy greens, but growing cereals and staple crops is impractical. Liz Kang, Video By Dan Tham, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Variations of contactless fraud schemes have been studied in laboratory settings for more than a decade and have proven to be impractical to execute at scale in the real world. Lee Mathews, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The idea that property owners should leave all firefighting efforts to Cal Fire is beginning to sound impractical to many. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Aug. 2021 Busy schedules, parking hassles and family responsibilities may make those visits impractical on a regular basis. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 And with the kindness of so many strangers, what seems impractical will likely again prove to be possible. Nedra Rhone, ajc, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of impractical

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Impractical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impractical

: not easy to do or use : not suitable for the situation
: 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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