[ im-prak-ti-kuh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: impracticableimpracticability on

  1. not practicable; incapable of being put into practice with the available means: an impracticable plan.

  2. unsuitable for practical use or purposes, as a device or material.

  1. (of ground, places, etc.) impassable.

  2. (of persons) hard to deal with because of stubbornness, stupidity, etc.

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, noun
  • im·prac·ti·ca·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with impracticable

Words Nearby impracticable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use impracticable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impracticable


/ (ɪmˈpræktɪkəbəl) /

  1. incapable of being put into practice or accomplished; not feasible

  2. unsuitable for a desired use; unfit

  1. an archaic word for intractable

Derived forms of impracticable

  • impracticability or impracticableness, noun
  • impracticably, adverb

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