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For some particular treatment, in a specialized topic, I wanted to say that it's not practical as well as not useful. Is there just one word for that?

  • The question title and the question body are asking for two different things. Two opposite things, in fact, so that the current answer "useless", which answers the question in the body just fine, reads ridiculous when looking at the question in the title. Besides, negating "practical and useful" won't necessarily get you "not practical and not useful". – RegDwigнt Jan 21 '14 at 22:36
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    It is hard to think of something that is practical and useless. – Oldcat Jan 21 '14 at 23:42
  • @RegDwigнt edited title to conform to content of question – bib Jan 22 '14 at 15:13
  • @Oldcat: “practical and useless”?  How about eyeglasses with flat glass (non-prescription) “lenses”?  They’re every bit as practical as vision-correcting spectacles, but (aside from secondary effects; e.g., altering your appearance, as a fashion accessory) useless.  How about putting on sunscreen when you’re going out at night?  How about a voice-activated self-destruct mechanism anywhere other than a sensitive military facility?  Nothing personal, but how about a pet cat (in a household that doesn’t have a mouse problem)? – Scott Aug 7 '15 at 20:49
  • If it designed as a fashion accessory, it is useful as a fashion accessory, if not useful as a vision correction device. – Oldcat Aug 7 '15 at 21:44
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Why not useless?

having no practical use or advantage

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The word impractical actually has both of those meanings.

  1. not practical or useful

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