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 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 While some ports screen for exotic organisms, many do not, and checking every cargo container is impractical. Quanta Magazine, "Lizard Stowaways Revise Principle of Ecology," 24 Sep. 2014 The Army ended drug testing at the site in the 1970s, concluding that using chemical agents to incapacitate enemy forces, especially on a large scale, was impractical. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "James Ketchum, Who Conducted LSD Experiments on Soldiers, Dies at 87," 3 June 2019 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

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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 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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