impracticable

[ im-prak-ti-kuh-buhl ]
/ ɪmˈpræk tɪ kə bəl /

adjective

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.

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Origin of impracticable

First recorded in 1645–55; im-2 + practicable

OTHER WORDS FROM impracticable

im·prac·ti·ca·bil·i·ty, im·prac·ti·ca·ble·ness, nounim·prac·ti·ca·bly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impracticable

impossible, impracticable , impractical, improbable.
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British Dictionary definitions for impracticable

impracticable
/ (ɪmˈpræktɪkəbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being put into practice or accomplished; not feasible
unsuitable for a desired use; unfit
an archaic word for intractable

Derived forms of impracticable

impracticability or impracticableness, nounimpracticably, adverb
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