impracticableness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n impracticableness the quality of not being usable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impracticableness The state or quality of being impracticable; impracticability.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impracticableness The character of being impracticable.
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.”

Usage

In literature:

It is, undoubtedly, admirable: it must be divine, for it is impracticable to men.
"Good Sense" by Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
Warden there was nothing in reason I would refuse to do; but his ideas were so impracticable they could not be carried out.
"Brought Home" by Hesba Stretton
Of course he could not permit of her exposure to such a risk; the scheme was impracticable, absurd.
"Keith of the Border" by Randall Parrish
But people nowadays call ambition an impracticable crotchet, if it be invested on the losing side.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I determined to keep out from the river, along which it was nearly impracticable to travel with animals, until it should form a valley.
"The Life of Kit Carson" by Edward S. Ellis
He might be silent, melancholy, impracticable, but never meanly self-conscious.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
This we find on examination; but such a portage would be impracticable for us, and we must run the rapid or abandon the river.
"Canyons of the Colorado" by J. W. Powell
A fine idea, no doubt, but quite as impracticable as Shigalov's theories, which you referred to just now so contemptuously.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
These were the doctrines of the Stoics, from whose sublime and impracticable philosophy they seemed naturally enough to flow.
"The Fallen Star; and, A Dissertation on the Origin of Evil" by E. L. Bulwer; and, Lord Brougham
But gradually this system became impracticable.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

He made a feast, drank fierce and fast,
And crowned his hair with flowers -
No easier nor no quicker passed
The impracticable hours.
"The Pagan World" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

More importantly, many unpalatable or impracticable things can help people lose weight, including eating woodchips or wrestling bears.
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In science:

This type of configuration is suitable for counter designs requiriring a large geometrical acceptance {detection area}⊗{angular range}, for which the use of focussing devices is severely limited or even impracticable, provided the required velocity resolution is not too high.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
It is equivalent to giving a formal expression of qs (V , T ) that is impracticable to handle for large size clusters.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
It becomes noticeable that SWRs’ values are excessively high at the frequencies of 900 and 1111 [MHz]. Consequently, the utilization of the antenna at the pre-mentioned frequencies is impracticable.
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
These numerical techniques are efficient and yield accurate estimates of high percentiles of sums of random variables provided that these are not too heavy-tailed: their computational cost increases as the tails of the probability distribution become heavier, and eventually become impracticable.
Percentiles of sums of heavy-tailed random variables: Beyond the single-loss approximation
Snapshots are poorly suited to this task, as they are severely limited by the dynamic range of the data, which generally makes interpolation impossible unless the interval between snapshots is made impracticably small.
MODEST-1: Integrating Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics
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