impractical

adjective
im·​prac·​ti·​cal | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprak-ti-kəl \

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 \ noun
impractically \ (ˌ)im-​ˈprak-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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

While impractical, this nail shape is undeniably cool. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Easy Way to Figure Out Which Nail Shape Looks Best on You," 10 Jan. 2019 See also: Partying in Hamptons could get harder if one village has its way Over the past few months, the plan has prompted criticism from some homeowners for being intrusive, unnecessary and impractical. Amanda L Gordon, Bloomberg.com, "East Hampton Passes Law to Keep Tabs on Village's Social Circuit," 20 Apr. 2018 Avoid the pitfalls of giving impractical or inappropriate gifts with a few of these helpful suggestions. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014 Jumping straight to offering a large-scale taxi service might turn out to be impractical, even in a geofenced area like the Phoenix suburbs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Anything sparkly, impractical, and attention-grabbing is exactly what a Leo craves! Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 In the United States, where bad roads made tricycle ridership impractical, the sales potential for an easy-to-ride bicycle looked stronger than in Europe. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Costume designer Amanda Riley tells me that Lucy’s impractical footwear is reflective of a fish-out-of-water New Yorker packing for a supposedly brief visit to the Midwest. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "Why You Should Be Paying Attention to the Costumes in All Those Holiday Movies," 7 Dec. 2018 The look was, in fact, sent down the runway exactly as Amber wore it — complete with a highly impractical swim cap. Marci Robin, Teen Vogue, "Amber Heard Wore a Valentino Swim Cap to "Aquaman" World Premiere," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of impractical

1865, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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