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[uhn-prak-ti-kuh l] /ʌnˈpræk tɪ kəl/
not practical; impractical; lacking practical usefulness or wisdom.
Origin of unpractical
1630-40; un-1 + practical
Related forms
unpracticality, unpracticalness, noun
unpractically, adverb Unabridged
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  • His interests, though in life he was apt to seem an abstracted and unpractical creature, ranged far beyond books.
  • The ordinary fibre trunk is good for rail and steamer travel, but it is absolutely unpractical for mule-back or canoe.
  • Even the primitive spear made the flintlock an unpractical pipe dream.
  • Bulky and unwieldy, they are difficult to truck and hand transport and therefore often unpractical for inaccessible sites.
  • Due to limited manpower it would be inefficient and unpractical for firefighters to shovel out the hydrants.
  • It may be unpractical to alter a project's design because of the maturity of the design or other factors.
  • If this is the case, then it would be unpractical to sample these combinations because such a process would last years.
  • The evaluations might take a considerable time and the traditional approach mig ht be unpractical for large data sets.
  • He felt it was unpractical to construct a garage on the site.
  • To apportion the emissions by operation type is unpractical and is not required.
British Dictionary definitions for unpractical


another word for impractical
Derived Forms
unpracticality, unpracticalness, noun
unpractically, adverb
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