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[im-prak-ti-kuh l] /ɪmˈpræk tɪ kəl/
not practical or useful.
not capable of dealing with practical matters; lacking sense.
Origin of impractical
1860-65; im-2 + practical
Related forms
impracticality, impracticalness, noun
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impractical
  • It's tempting to say that these ideas sound worthy but are otherwise impractical and unrealistic.
  • Also impractical is anything that cannot be delivered quickly.
  • Sounds great, but this is impractical and may increase the chances of a failed search.
  • Capturing them, as suggested by an earlier comment, is simply impractical.
  • Although it outdoes competing forms in show-business flash, capoeira is a wildly impractical form of self-defense.
  • On the other hand you are inclined to be careless and impractical causing you to make the same mistakes repeatedly.
  • To have folded everything into one giant department would have been logical but administratively impractical.
  • They cannot cook at night or on overcast days, making them impractical in some climates.
  • Storing hydrogen in cars isn't impractical or dangerous.
  • It is an outdated model that is as impractical as it is unethical.
British Dictionary definitions for impractical


not practical or workable: an impractical solution
not given to practical matters or gifted with practical skills: he is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work
Derived Forms
impracticality, impracticalness, noun
impractically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impractical

1823, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + practical. Impracticable in the same sense dates from 1670s.

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