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impractical

[im-prak-ti-kuh l] /ɪmˈpræk tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
not practical or useful.
2.
not capable of dealing with practical matters; lacking sense.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; im-2 + practical
Related forms
impracticality, impracticalness, noun
Can be confused
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Examples 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  • It is an outdated model that is as impractical as it is unethical.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

impractical

/ɪmˈpræktɪkəl/
adjective
1.
not practical or workable an impractical solution
2.
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
adj.

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

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