[im-prak-ti-kuh-buh l]


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.

Nearby words

  1. impoundment,
  2. impoverish,
  3. impoverished,
  4. impoverishment,
  5. impower,
  6. impractical,
  7. imprecate,
  8. imprecation,
  9. imprecise,
  10. imprecision

Origin of impracticable

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

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

Can be confusedimpossible impracticable impractical improbable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impracticable



incapable of being put into practice or accomplished; not feasible
unsuitable for a desired use; unfit
an archaic word for intractable
Derived Formsimpracticability or impracticableness, nounimpracticably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for impracticable



"incapable of being done," 1670s, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + practicable. Earlier in a sense of "impassable" (1650s).

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