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adjective     /kwɪkˈsɒt.ɪk/ US  /-ˈsɑː.t̬ɪk/ literary
having or showing ideas that are different and unusual but not practical or likely to succeed: This is a vast, exciting and some say quixotic project.Useless and futile quixotically     /kwɪkˈsɒt.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /-ˈsɑː.t̬ɪ-/ adverb
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