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IMPRACTICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impractical mean? 

IMPRACTICAL (adjective)
  The adjective IMPRACTICAL has 2 senses:

1. not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters
2. not practical or realizable; speculative

  Familiarity information: IMPRACTICAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPRACTICAL (adjective)


Sense 1impractical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters

Context examples:

refloating the ship proved impractical because of the expense / he is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work / an impractical solution

Similar:

crazy; half-baked; screwball; softheaded (foolish; totally unsound)

meshuga; meshugga; meshugge; meshuggeneh; meshuggener (senseless; crazy)

quixotic; romantic; wild-eyed (not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic)

unfunctional (not related to or suitable for everyday needs or activities)

unwieldy (difficult to work or manipulate)

Also:

impossible (not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with)

unrealistic (not realistic)

Attribute:

practicality (concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities)

Antonym:

practical (concerned with actual use or practice)


Sense 2impractical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not practical or realizable; speculative

Synonyms:

visionary; airy; impractical; Laputan; windy

Context examples:

airy theories about socioeconomic improvement / visionary schemes for getting rich

Similar:

utopian (characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection)


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