Definition of impracticable in English:
- 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.
Although there is considerable overlap, impracticable and impractical are not used in exactly the same way. Impracticable means ‘impossible to carry out’ and is normally used of a specific procedure or course of action, as in 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’, as in in windy weather an umbrella is impractical.
- Example sentences
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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