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 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 Although Banting’s experiment was successful, his method of insulin purification was impractical. James P. Brody, The Conversation, 21 July 2021 Another provision states that to attend electronically the mayor or trustees must notify the mayor and or the village clerk prior to commencement of the meeting unless that is impractical. Brian L. Cox,, 20 July 2021 Smiles are absent in many works from the era, with one writer noting that bad teeth aside, holding a grin for the duration of a painting was also impractical. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Advocates of an accelerated cull say that passive measures such as trimming branches and erecting tall deer fences are impractical on a nationwide basis., 4 July 2021 Advocates of an accelerated cull say that passive measures like trimming branches and erecting tall deer fences are impractical on a nationwide basis. New York Times, 3 July 2021 End as an apparitional New York version of Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers, a procreant piece of impractical, imaginary, almost cosmological architecture that signals incantational things. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 10 June 2021 But the schedule seemed optimistic if not impractical, requiring first doses for nearly 3.5 million Oregonians when fewer than 1.2 million had received them as of Wednesday. oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 Most of the time, these projections are too impractical, or overly optimistic; the reality turns out to be more modest. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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