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[uhn-prak-ti-kuh l] /ʌnˈpræk tɪ kəl/
not practical; impractical; lacking practical usefulness or wisdom.
Origin of unpractical
First recorded in 1630-40; un-1 + practical
Related forms
unpracticality, unpracticalness, noun
unpractically, adverb Unabridged
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  • I knew them but by that collective and unpractical—many persons would have said that frivolous—name; which saw me little further.

  • That is why they condemn us as unpractical, and we condemn them as lifeless.

    The Cycle of Spring Rabindranath Tagore
  • The cuckoo seems such an unpractical and inefficient bird that it is interesting to see it doing things.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The fellows who've got these guns are wild, irresponsible, unpractical fools.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • For another, by your visionary, unpractical ways, you have put me in the position where I can be insulted.

    Unleavened Bread Robert Grant
  • Hamlet is neither "weak" nor "unpractical," as so many call him.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • What we want are unpractical people who see beyond the moment, and think beyond the day.

    Intentions Oscar Wilde
  • Many of these godly men were unpractical and hard to deal with.

  • He was unpractical, theoretical, and not troubled by constitutional scruples.

    The Sequel of Appomattox Walter Lynwood Fleming
  • It is unpractical, for so long as intoxicants are made they will be sold.

British Dictionary definitions for unpractical


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