empractical

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

em- +‎ practical? Coined by Karl Bühler.

Adjective[edit]

empractical (comparative more empractical, superlative most empractical)

  1. (linguistics) Of or relating to a form of communication that is incidental to some practical activity, characterized by fragmentary utterances and more silence than a conversation.
    A surgeon performing an operation may make empractical utterances to her assistant to request tools, such as "scalpel".

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