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.
Recent Examples on the Web But Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed, the multiagency effort to hasten the development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments, said in a statement that such a trial would have been impractical. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "First, a Vaccine Approval. Then ‘Chaos and Confusion.’," 12 Oct. 2020 Boeing expects an eventual recovery in the business-class travel that is crucial to airline profitability, which had all but disappeared as companies kept employees at home and quarantines made short trips impractical. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Boeing Expects Pandemic to Put Big Dent in Jet Demand," 6 Oct. 2020 Searching for spoofs with even more bases would have been impractical — and extremely time-consuming — from a computational standpoint. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem," 10 Sep. 2020 Horn considers the idea impractical and unnecessary, noting that natural gas has been the biggest contributor to emissions reductions in electricity over the last decade by replacing coal. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Freshman Democrat runs as defender of oil and gas industry to hold Oklahoma district," 6 Sep. 2020 Democrats, however, said the pandemic has made such events impractical and potentially dangerous. Steven Lemongello,, "Central Florida heads toward Trump-Biden matchup facing a flood of ads, but no big rallies," 22 Aug. 2020 During the meeting, a Hays County Health Department official expressed concern about Hayungs’ plan, deeming it impractical for the population the office serves. Vianna Davila, ProPublica, "The COVID-19 Charmer: How a Self-Described Felon Convinced Elected Officials to Try to Help Him Profit From the Pandemic," 25 Sep. 2020 The establishment of the south metro CWD management zone made the restrictions impractical, Keller said. Star Tribune, "Bigger bag limits, voluntary CWD testing new for Minnesota's 2020 deer season," 23 Aug. 2020 Often the best places were inaccessible without a long hike from the road, and that was impractical. Popular Science, "How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes)," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Impractical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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