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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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Examples from the Web for unpractical
Historical Examples
  • They are as clever as you make 'em, but unpractical—God bless me!

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The following sections will show that this tendency is unwarranted and unpractical.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • We see “the metamorphosis of a practical object into an unpractical one.”

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • They laugh at remonstrance as out of date and "unpractical."


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

    The Cycle of Spring Rabindranath Tagore
  • The fellows who've got these guns are wild, irresponsible, unpractical fools.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • The parliaments which he assembled were unpractical and disorderly.

  • I had no religion, no understanding of it, except in a vague, unpractical way.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Hamlet is neither "weak" nor "unpractical," as so many call him.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • Too unpractical, too visionary, with all his brains and scheming.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for unpractical


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