[ im-prak-ti-kuh l ]
/ ɪmˈpræk tɪ kəl /


not practical or useful.
not capable of dealing with practical matters; lacking sense.

Origin of impractical

First recorded in 1860–65; im-2 + practical

Related forms

im·prac·ti·cal·i·ty, im·prac·ti·cal·ness, noun

Can be confused

impossible impracticable impractical improbable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impracticality

British Dictionary definitions for impracticality


/ (ɪmˈpræktɪkəl) /


not practical or workablean impractical solution
not given to practical matters or gifted with practical skillshe is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work

Derived Forms

impracticality or impracticalness, nounimpractically, adverb
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