• WordNet 3.6
    • adj impractical not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters "refloating the ship proved impractical because of the expense","he is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work","an impractical solution"
    • adj impractical not practical or realizable; speculative "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement","visionary schemes for getting rich"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Impractical Not practical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impractical Unpractical.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.”


In literature:

This is not an impractical plan, as many women are proving by experience.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
Martian science always was hot, you know, but they were impractical.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Many great men are very impractical even in the ordinary affairs of life.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
He would think them both impractical.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The age of Jesus Christ was a practical age, yet Jesus Christ was sweetly impractical.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
There will always be occasions when it is inconvenient, impractical, or illogical to render or require the return of a salute.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
We were not armed with these rockets, for to discharge them from the platforms would have been impractical.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Reedy watching with a gloating shrewdness the impractical fellow who had tried to farm with money.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
Few besides impractical sentimentalists will therefore oppose it.
"This Simian World" by Clarence Day
It's impractical enough, anyway, just as an idea, and it's all the more impractical when it's carried out.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee

In news:

Punishing the rich is impractical, unethical .
A $54 million offer by the city to buy local assets from the Golden State Water Co. Has been slammed as being impractical.
And some of the concepts seem so impractical as to be unusable.
A heavy dose of "Les Miserables," plus "Impractical Jokers" and "Nightmare Christmas.".
A range of solutions, some impractical, are proposed.
Granted there are hybrid and electric vehicles with improved fuel mileage, but they are either very expensive and/or impractical.
For years, Hot Wheels toy track sets have appeared somewhat impractical for real-life applications.
Every woman has encountered that one pair of shoes -- too expensive, totally impractical and utterly irresistible.
"I had seen similar fonts , but at the time they were completely unaffordable and so impractical as far as costs go," he told the BBC.
Smart has the ForTwo Electric Drive, an overpriced two-seater that's even more impractical than its gas-powered sibling.
Intervention in Syria Is Morally Justified—and Completely Impractical.
Having a paper trail can be messy and impractical.
And currently, while Tumblr does allows publishers to run ads, these ads are not viewable in Tumblr's dashboard area, making it impractical for major publishers to fully embrace Tumblr (since much of their traffic would go unmonetized).
Simulations are the logical option when full-scale testing is impractical, such as trying to fit the entire external tank into a wind tunnel, Covey says.
Usually used only for making heavy-wall or small tubing, where drawing over a mandrel is impractical.

In science:

However, for computer calculations, use of these tables is impractical.
Monte Carlo: Basics
This approach requires the programmer to write a different template for every possible word ordering, and may be impractical for domains in which many word orderings are necessary.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
We can thus compare the separation dependence directly for the one-body treatments and QC sequence. (The gauge transformation for the j 2 -method is impractical.) The comparison in Fig. 27 shows profound agreement among all treatments all orders for separations rADM > 4MADM .
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
The effective detection of VHE photons is impractical with space-based telescopes due to the low flux of photons and the small collection area of such telescopes.
An Overview of The VERITAS Prototype Telescope And Camera
The usefulness of these protocols is limited by the fact that generating uniformly random operators and states requires quantum resources that grow exponentially in the number of quantum bits and hence these protocols become impractical for large quantum systems.
Random Quantum Circuits and Pseudo-Random Operators: Theory and Applications