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Definition of "impracticable" []

  • Impossible to do or carry out: Refloating the sunken ship intact proved impracticable because of its fragility. (adjective)
  • Unfit for passage: roads impracticable in winter. (adjective)
  • Archaic Unmanageable; intractable. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impracticable" in a sentence
  • "What’s impracticable is simply the idea of getting a law passed such that someone in the position of Helen Aberson and Harold Perl, for example, the writer and illustrator of the children’s book that DUMBO is based on, might take Disney to court for, say, introducing a racist character like Jim Crow or throwing in some right wing anti-union propaganda in the form of evil clowns."
  • "His active brain, stimulated by a desire for wealth, and an egotism which might be called impracticable, wrought out original plans of farming without number."
  • "Men unaccustomed to reason and researches, think every enterprise impracticable, which is extended beyond common effects, or comprises many intermediate operations."