impracticable


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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.

impracticable

(ɪmˈpræktɪkəbəl)
adj
1. incapable of being put into practice or accomplished; not feasible
2. unsuitable for a desired use; unfit
3. an archaic word for intractable
imˌpracticaˈbility, imˈpracticableness n
imˈpracticably adv

im•prac•ti•ca•ble

(ɪmˈpræk tɪ kə bəl)

adj.
1. not practicable; incapable of being put into practice or use with the available means.
2. impassable: impracticable terrain.
[1645–55]
im•prac`ti•ca•bil′i•ty, im•prac′ti•ca•ble•ness, n.
im•prac′ti•ca•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impracticable - not capable of being carried out or put into practiceimpracticable - not capable of being carried out or put into practice; "refloating the sunken ship proved impracticable because of its fragility"; "a suggested reform that was unfeasible in the prevailing circumstances"
impossible - not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"

impracticable

adjective unfeasible, impossible, out of the question, unworkable, unattainable, unachievable Such measures would be highly impracticable.
unfeasible possible, feasible, practicable

impracticable

adjective
1. Not capable of happening or being done:
2. Incapable of being used or availed of to advantage:
Translations
غَير قابِل للتَّنْفيذ
neuskutečnitelný
uladsiggørligumulig
kivihetetlen
óframkvæmanlegur, óraunhæfur
neįvykdomasneįvykdomas dalykas
neizpildāmsnerealizējams
neuskutočniteľný
uygulanamazyapılamaz

impracticable

[ɪmˈpræktɪkəbl] ADJ (= unrealizable) → impracticable, no factible

impracticable

[ɪmˈpræktɪkəbəl] adjimpraticable

impracticable

adjimpraktikabel; plan alsoin der Praxis nicht anwendbar, praktisch unmöglich; design, sizeunbrauchbar; roadschwer befahrbar

impracticable

[ɪmˈpræktɪkəbl] adjinattuabile

impracticable

(imˈprӕktikəbl) adjective
not able to be put into practice, used, done etc. a completely impracticable idea.
imˌpracticaˈbility noun
References in classic literature ?
Laurie was equally impracticable, and would have had bonfires, skyrockets, and triumphal arches, if he had had his own way.
Now, Colonel Pyncheon, I need hardly say, was a practical man, well acquainted with public and private business, and not at all the person to cherish ill-founded hopes, or to attempt the following out of an impracticable scheme.
After my fellowship of toil and impracticable schemes with the dreamy brethren of Brook Farm; after living for three years within the subtle influence of an intellect like Emerson's; after those wild, free days on the Assabeth, indulging fantastic speculations, beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing; after talking with Thoreau about pine-trees and Indian relics in his hermitage at Walden; after growing fastidious by sympathy with the classic refinement of Hillard's culture; after becoming imbued with poetic sentiment at Longfellow's hearthstone -- it was time, at length, that I should exercise other faculties of my nature, and nourish myself with food for which I had hitherto had little appetite.
He really felt conscientiously vexed on the occasion; for the very exertion to which he had limited the performance of his promise to his father was by this arrangement rendered impracticable.
I, who had determined to hold myself independent of all social intercourse, and thanked my stars that, at length, I had lighted on a spot where it was next to impracticable - I, weak wretch, after maintaining till dusk a struggle with low spirits and solitude, was finally compelled to strike my colours; and under pretence of gaining information concerning the necessities of my establishment, I desired Mrs.
So resistless was the force of the ocean bearing him on, that even to draw his breath or turn his head was as impracticable as if he had been struggling in the surf at the South Sea, until he was landed in the outer courtyard of the Bastille.
So, when I had pledged myself to comfort and abet Herbert in the affair of his heart by all practicable and impracticable means, and when Herbert had told me that his affianced already knew me by reputation and that I should be presented to her, and when we had warmly shaken hands upon our mutual confidence, we blew out our candles, made up our fire, locked our door, and issued forth in quest of Mr.
We were now convinced that our enterprise was impracticable, and that to hazard ourselves amidst so many insurmountable difficulties would be to tempt Providence; despairing, therefore, that I should ever come this way to Abyssinia, I resolved to return back with my intelligence to my companion, whom I had left at Pate.
While the strict legal right may exist in the government to enforce the exercise of these offices, the attempt to do so would be so irritating, and so nearly impracticable withal, that I deem it better to forego for the time the uses of such offices.
The disciplined armies always kept on foot on the continent of Europe, though they bear a malignant aspect to liberty and economy, have, notwithstanding, been productive of the signal advantage of rendering sudden conquests impracticable, and of preventing that rapid desolation which used to mark the progress of war prior to their introduction.
The second expedient is as impracticable as the first would be unwise.
The project was a bold one, full of difficulty, perhaps impracticable.