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

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 Lawmakers decided that was impractical, especially for more technical documents. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 In the future, Preston’s team plans to do away with the carbon dioxide canister, which is impractical. Sophia Chen, WIRED, 12 Sep. 2022 The location seemed ideal at first but turned out to be impractical. Helen Purcell Montag, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 There are other reasons such transactions can be impractical, too. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2022 There are other reasons such transactions can be impractical, too. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2022 There are other reasons such transactions can be impractical, too. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 Their representative, Dan Niebaum of the Lightfoot Planning Group, said residential development is a good fit for the site, and that the industrial zone on the property is impractical because most other industrial uses are more than a mile away. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2022 Alexandra adds that this method is especially popular among clients with a busy lifestyle or a job where long nails might be impractical. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impractical

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Impractical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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