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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For instance, Sink is steered away from looks that are too revealing or impractical for someone her age, Dickson says. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "How Young Hollywood Is Changing Red-Carpet Fashion," 27 Apr. 2018 Some critics, however, say the high-tech solutions are impractical for those areas and question whether the models will ever become affordable. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Flush With Ideas: Bill Gates Pursues the Toilet of the Future," 9 Nov. 2018 Science fiction authors have long had to get around a pesky limitation — the speed of light, which makes traveling between stars in space impractical. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 Thus, many believed that Rowhammer on ECC memory, even if plausible in theory, is simply impractical. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Potentially disastrous Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC protections," 22 Nov. 2018 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

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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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