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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
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  • Tenure is meant to preserve and reward that investment, and to provide a tangible, attainable incentive.
  • In other words, those who desired the water more, perceived it as more easily attainable.
  • There's different models, and the maximum temperatures attainable in the kind of cooker you have varies a bit.
  • Role models don't necessarily make the path easier, but they do show that the goal is attainable.
  • As the sole prize now attainable, its value has evidently shot up.
  • Frugal education attainable under the existing collegiate system.
  • The problem with this is that there's no universal agreement on what's realistically attainable.
  • Whether or not this is an attainable goal is another question.
  • Let private companies do that now that the technology has become attainable by them.
  • And, there were design flaws in the machine that still need to be corrected before full energy will be attainable.
Word Origin and History for attainable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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