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- Not practicable; impossible or difficult in practice.
- Of a passage or road: impassable.
- (obsolete) Of a person or thing: unmanageable.
c. 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks, published 1960, page 18:
- H. is a person of extraordinary health & vigor, of unerring perception, & equal expression; and yet he is impracticable, and does not flow through his pen or (in any of our legitimate aqueducts) through his tongue.
- (impossible or difficult in practice): practicable
impracticable (plural impracticables)
- (obsolete) An unmanageable person.
1829, Henry Barkley Henderson, The Bengalee, or Sketches of Society and Manners in the East, page 13:
- They were not allowed, of course, to join us in the sitting room, partly that their practice might not be disturbed, but principally, that I was looked upon as an utter impracticable.
impracticable m, f (plural impracticables)