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[im-prak-ti-kuh l]
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  1. not practical or useful.
  2. not capable of dealing with practical matters; lacking sense.
  3. idealistic.
  4. impracticable.
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Origin of impractical

First recorded in 1860–65; im-2 + practical
Related formsim·prac·ti·cal·i·ty, im·prac·ti·cal·ness, noun
Can be confusedimpossible impracticable impractical improbable
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Related Words for impractical

illogical, speculative, unworkable, unusable, improbable, unreal, absurd, unwise, quixotic, impossible, unattainable, useless, abstract, chimerical, idealistic, impracticable, inapplicable, inefficacious, otherworldly, romantic

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British Dictionary definitions for impractical


  1. not practical or workablean impractical solution
  2. not given to practical matters or gifted with practical skillshe is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work
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Derived Formsimpracticality or impracticalness, nounimpractically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impractical


1823, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + practical. Impracticable in the same sense dates from 1670s.

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