[uhn-prak-ti-kuh l]


not practical; impractical; lacking practical usefulness or wisdom.

Origin of unpractical

First recorded in 1630–40; un-1 + practical
Related formsun·prac·ti·cal·i·ty, un·prac·ti·cal·ness, nounun·prac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for unpractical

idealistic, impracticable, quixotic, utopian, visionary

Examples from the Web for unpractical

Historical Examples of unpractical

  • They are as clever as you make 'em, but unpractical—God bless me!

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • The following sections will show that this tendency is unwarranted and unpractical.

  • We see “the metamorphosis of a practical object into an unpractical one.”

  • They laugh at remonstrance as out of date and "unpractical."


    William Graham Sumner

  • That is why they condemn us as unpractical, and we condemn them as lifeless.

    The Cycle of Spring

    Rabindranath Tagore

British Dictionary definitions for unpractical



another word for impractical
Derived Formsunpracticality or unpracticalness, noununpractically, adverb
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