impracticability

impracticable

[im-prak-ti-kuh-buhl]
adjective
1.
not practicable; incapable of being put into practice with the available means: an impracticable plan.
2.
unsuitable for practical use or purposes, as a device or material.
3.
(of ground, places, etc.) impassable.
4.
(of persons) hard to deal with because of stubbornness, stupidity, etc.

Origin:
1645–55; im-2 + practicable

impracticability, impracticableness, noun
impracticably, adverb

impossible, impracticable, impractical, improbable.
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impracticable (ɪmˈpræktɪkəbəl)
 
adj
1.  incapable of being put into practice or accomplished; not feasible
2.  unsuitable for a desired use; unfit
3.  an archaic word for intractable
 
impractica'bility
 
n
 
im'practicableness
 
n
 
im'practicably
 
adv

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impracticable
1677, from in- "not" + practicable. "Incapable of being done." Impractical, in the same sense, dates from 1865.
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