1. not practicable; incapable of being put into practice with the available means: an impracticable plan.
  2. unsuitable for practical use or purposes, as a device or material.
  3. (of ground, places, etc.) impassable.
  4. (of persons) hard to deal with because of stubbornness, stupidity, etc.


  1. incapable of being put into practice or accomplished; not feasible
  2. unsuitable for a desired use; unfit
  3. an archaic word for intractable

“incapable of being done,” 1670s, from assimilated form of in- (1) “not, opposite of” + practicable. Earlier in a sense of “impassable” (1650s).

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