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 analysts say many of those efforts have been deemed impractical or unsafe, requiring an overhaul that could ultimately make the shopping experience less enjoyable and further cut into an already weak retail environment. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "How the pandemic is changing shopping," 21 May 2020 In all their understated glory, bothies allow for prolonged access to Britain’s rugged and restorative corners, places that might otherwise prove unforgiving or impractical as day-hike destinations for the casual explorer. New York Times, "7 Travel Stories to Help You Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 In this environment, the primary focus is on pushing as many relevant and critical supplies as possible into the area while reducing the operational burden of ineffective or impractical solutions. Thomas Hendrix, Fortune, "Military experts: We need to fight coronavirus like we fight insurgents on the battlefield," 16 Apr. 2020 To spend a pandemic making soft and pretty things may seem silly in certain ways—frivolous or impractical, maybe, and certainly a privilege when my life and livelihood aren’t (yet) directly at stake. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "How Crafting Can Help Ease Pandemic Anxiety," 1 Apr. 2020 The dress was a blue linen shift, loose and practical, her underwear possibly quite fancy and impractical in those days before booster seats and children with sleepovers and phones that told you which way to turn. Anne Enright, The New Yorker, "Night Swim," 2 Mar. 2020 The diving boat was one of 325 vessels built before 1996 that were grandfathered in, and therefore, not required to meet new regulations because doing so was found to be economically unfeasible and impractical, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fox News, "California dive boat in Labor Day fire was exempt from Coast Guard safety regulations: report," 26 Nov. 2019 When Tesla unveiled its new pickup truck last Wednesday, many critics blasted it as ugly and impractical. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk: Tesla Cybertruck already has 200,000 pre-orders," 25 Nov. 2019 The policy says city staff must prepare a report outlining treatment to keep the trees in place and submit a report to the parks commission if the treatment is unsuccessful or impractical. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport to go ahead with cutting down three condemned Balboa Island trees initially spared the saw," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of impractical

1865, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2020

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“Impractical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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