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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]


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


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)


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

unrealistic (not realistic)


practicality (concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities)


practical (concerned with actual use or practice)

Sense 2impractical [BACK TO TOP]


Not practical or realizable; speculative


visionary; airy; impractical; Laputan; windy

Context examples:

airy theories about socioeconomic improvement / visionary schemes for getting rich


utopian (characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection)

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