impracticability


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im·prac·ti·ca·ble

 (ĭm-prăk′tĭ-kə-bəl)
adj.
1. Impossible to do or carry out: Refloating the sunken ship intact proved impracticable because of its fragility.
2. Unfit for passage: roads impracticable in winter.
3. Archaic Unmanageable; intractable.

im·prac′ti·ca·bil′i·ty, im·prac′ti·ca·ble·ness n.
im·prac′ti·ca·bly adv.
Usage Note: The adjective impracticable applies to a course of action that is impossible to carry out or put into practice; impractical, though it can be used in this way, also can be weaker in sense, suggesting that the course of action would yield an insufficient return or would have little practical value. A plan for a new stadium may be rejected as impracticable if the site is too marshy to permit safe construction, but if the objection is that the site is too remote for patrons to attend games easily, the plan is better described as impractical. See Usage Note at practicable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impracticability - the quality of not being usable
inutility, unusefulness, uselessness - the quality of having no practical use
infeasibility, unfeasibility - the quality of not being doable
practicability, practicableness - the quality of being usable
Translations
عَدَم قابِلِيَّة الشَّيء للتنفيذ
neproveditelnost
umulighed
kivihetetlenség
óframkvæmanleiki, óraunhæfi
neuskutočniteľnosť
uygulanamazlıkyapılamazlık

impracticability

[ɪmˌpræktɪkəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nimpracticabilidad f

impracticability

nImpraktikabilität f; (of design, size)Unbrauchbarkeit f; (of road)schlechte Befahrbarkeit

impracticability

[ɪmˌpræktɪkəˈbɪlɪtɪ] ninattuabilità

impracticable

(imˈprӕktikəbl) adjective
not able to be put into practice, used, done etc. a completely impracticable idea.
imˌpracticaˈbility noun
References in classic literature ?
In every country it is a herculean task to obtain a valuation of the land; in a country imperfectly settled and progressive in improvement, the difficulties are increased almost to impracticability.
Early association with country solitudes had bred in him an unconquerable, and almost unreasonable, aversion to modern town life, and shut him out from such success as he might have aspired to by following a mundane calling in the impracticability of the spiritual one.
But even to me the impracticability of this plan came home at last.
He had thought of an attempt to escape, a thing which never entered his head whilst he could see Rosa every day; but the more he thought of it, the more clearly he saw the impracticability of such an attempt.
These facts convey a good idea of the impracticability of the forests of these countries.
It is more than possible that the distress I was now in for money, and the impracticability of going on in this manner, might have restored me at once to my senses and to my studies, had I opened my eyes before I became involved in debts from which I saw no hopes of ever extricating myself.
Nor could I consider the magnitude and complexity of my plan as any argument of its impracticability.
But as to these terms, semi-family and semi-stranger, semi-goring and semi- boring, they form a state of things quite amusing in its impracticability.
Bus transport in this case serves as a replacement for train services operated by the Customer during the impracticability of railway infrastructure, or technological reasons on the part of the customer.
Prior periods have not been adjusted due to the impracticability of estimating the impact of the change for prior periods.
The total impracticability of the proposal quickly killed it--icebergs have a pesky habit of rolling over as they melt.
An argument against this implication is the impracticability objection: that it would be politically messy in terms of government and costly in terms of application, to provide self-governmental and territorial rights to all the national minorities on the island.