[im-prak-ti-kuh l]
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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for impracticality

impossibility, uselessness

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British Dictionary definitions for impracticality


  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
Derived Formsimpracticality or impracticalness, nounimpractically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impracticality



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

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