- not practicable; incapable of being put into practice with the available means: an impracticable plan.
- unsuitable for practical use or purposes, as a device or material.
- (of ground, places, etc.) impassable.
- (of persons) hard to deal with because of stubbornness, stupidity, etc.
Origin of impracticable
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Examples from the Web for impracticable
That mountain wall, impracticable as it seems, we have to scale.The Roof of France
The advice was good, but in the present temper of the army it was felt to be impracticable.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
He was altogether splendid, massive, overpowering, and impracticable.Little Dorrit
Flight was humiliating and dreadful, but to remain in England was impracticable.Beaux and Belles of England
The ideal is as impracticable as it is puerile and retrograde.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
- incapable of being put into practice or accomplished; not feasible
- unsuitable for a desired use; unfit
- an archaic word for intractable
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Word Origin and History for impracticable
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