Definition of impracticable in English:

impracticable

Syllabification: im·prac·ti·ca·ble
Pronunciation: /imˈpraktikəbəl
 
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adjective

  • (Of a course of action) impossible in practice to do or carry out: it was impracticable to widen the road here
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    • In addition, the passage of 16 years from the date of the events in question meant that it was wholly impracticable - indeed impossible - to mount an adequate defence.
    • Since our resources are limited, it's impossible and impracticable for us to distribute a large sum of money here and there without seeing obvious results.
    • It must also be remembered that restitution of the environment may often be impossible, impracticable, or not economically justifiable.
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impracticability

Pronunciation: /-ˌpraktikəˈbilitē/
noun
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  • When considering whether a public sewer is appropriate, the Agency has to have regard to the practicability or, as here, impracticability of other solutions.
  • Then practicability is merely one consideration among others; here the onus is on the employer to prove impracticability, and if he cannot the additional award will be made (Freemans plc v Flynn ).
  • The limitation of impracticability will apply, for example, in a situation of public disorder, where the number of searches to be conducted, or the general situation, will effectively preclude the keeping of records.

impracticably

adverb
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  • You cannot set the bar impracticably high, for that reason.
  • Wallis calculated that a 60 000 lb bomb would be needed to breach them, and this was impracticably heavy.
  • This showed that reported utilization ranged from none to impracticably high values.

Usage

Impracticable and impractical are sometimes confused. Impracticable means ‘impossible to carry out’ and is normally used of a specific procedure or course of action: poor visibility made the task difficult, even impracticable . Impractical, on the other hand, tends to be used in more general senses, often to mean simply ‘unrealistic’ or ‘not sensible’: in windy weather an umbrella is impractical .

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