[im-prak-ti-kuh l]


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

Nearby words

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

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impracticality



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 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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