impractical
adjective Date: 1865 not practical: as a. not wise to put into or keep in practice or effect b. incapable of dealing sensibly or prudently with practical matters c. impracticable d. idealisticimpracticality nounimpractically adverb

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  • Impractical — Im*prac ti*cal, a. Not practical. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impractical — index hot blooded, impracticable, otiose, quixotic, speculative, theoretical, unattainable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. Willi …   Law dictionary

  • impractical — (adj.) 1823, from assimilated form of IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + PRACTICAL (Cf. practical). IMPRACTICABLE (Cf. Impracticable) in the same sense dates from 1670s …   Etymology dictionary

  • impractical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not adapted for use or action; not sensible. 2) chiefly N. Amer. impracticable. DERIVATIVES impracticality noun impractically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • impractical — [im prak′ti kəl] adj. not practical; specif., a) not workable or useful; impracticable b) not handling practical matters well c) given to theorizing; idealistic impracticality n. impracticalness impractically adv …   English World dictionary

  • impractical — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove, seem ▪ Such a solution proved impractical. ▪ become ▪ make sth, render sth …   Collocations dictionary

  • impractical — [[t]ɪmpræ̱ktɪk(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft it v link ADJ to inf If you describe an object, idea, or course of action as impractical, you mean that it is not sensible or realistic, and does not work well in practice. When stalking… …   English dictionary

  • impractical — impracticable, impractical These two words have related meanings to do with the impossibility of doing something, and correspond to the positive forms practicable, practical. Impractical is a relatively recent (19c) word and means the same as… …   Modern English usage

  • impractical — adj. impractical to + inf. (it s impractical to live in one city and work in another) * * * [ɪm præktɪk(ə)l] impractical to + inf. (it s impractical to live in one city and work in another) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • impractical — im|prac|ti|cal [ ım præktıkl ] adjective 1. ) not sensible or not likely to be effective or successful: clothes that are attractive but entirely impractical it is impractical to do something: It would be impractical to train so many people in one …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • impractical — adjective 1 an idea, suggestion, or action that is impractical is not sensible because it would be too difficult, too expensive etc: A 24 hour service would be impractical for a small organization like this. 2 someone who is impractical is not… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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