Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "impractical" []

  • Unwise to implement or maintain in practice: Refloating the sunken ship proved impractical because of the great expense. (adjective)
  • Incapable of dealing efficiently with practical matters, especially finances. (adjective)
  • Not a part of experience, fact, or practice; theoretical. (adjective)
  • Impracticable. See Usage Note at impracticable. (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 "impractical" in a sentence
  • "Well, in an essay published by Newsweek late last year, Rubin worried about too much spending on job-creation, opposed forcing the riskiest derivative contracts onto public exchanges, resisted an accounting reform that would require financial institutions to assess their assets based on actual market prices rather than just making things up, and warned against what he calls impractical proposals to break up "too big to fail" banks."
  • "Sandra Aistars, executive director of the Copyright Alliance, an umbrella organization that supports the existing legislative proposals, was not impressed by the Wyden alternative, which she called "impractical for individual artists and creators.""
  • "Employers pay big bucks to people who excel in impractical subjects because such people tend to be smart, conscientious, and obedient to authority - in short, to be good workers."