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‘Quixotic’ describes something foolish or impractical, especially in the pursuit of a romantic ideal. In other words, something that sounds great but would be highly difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. The word is generally used in a formal or literary context rather than in everyday conversation.
It was a quixotic venture that the company undertook. It was never likely to work out.
The idea of world peace is great, but quixotic to say the least. It’s simply impossible to achieve.
The campaign was quixotically aimed at getting children to read books rather than watch television.