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[uh-tey-nuh-buh l] /əˈteɪ nə bəl/
capable of being attained.
Origin of attainable
1640-50; attain + -able
Related forms
attainability, attainableness, noun
nonattainability, noun
nonattainable, adjective
superattainable, adjective
superattainableness, noun
superattainably, adverb
unattainability, noun
unattainable, adjective
unattainableness, noun
unattainably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nor was the plea advanced that such bungling after the infinite was better than simple perfection in the attainable.

  • If this were not attainable, He would not have set so high a goal.

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • If there be anything wanting to your comfort, name it, Leather-Stocking; if it be attainable it is yours.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • To him knowledge, if only attainable in this world, is of all things the most divine.

    Meno Plato
  • Rude chuck-a-luck boards were constructed out of such material as was attainable, and put in operation.

Word Origin and History for attainable

1640s; see attain + -able. Related: Attainability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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