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[uh-teyn-muh nt] /əˈteɪn mənt/
an act of attaining.
something attained; a personal acquirement; achievement.
Origin of attainment
1350-1400; Middle English attenement. See attain, -ment
Related forms
nonattainment, noun, adjective
reattainment, noun
2. accomplishment. Unabridged
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  • In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means.

  • The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment.

  • The desire not to be is the breaking of the great wheel of birth and re-birth, and the attainment of Nirvana.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • For the most part their attainment is hopeless and the results wretched.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • In every department of learning, a man, in order to attainment, must make up his mind to it.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • Other arts were employed by the despot for the attainment of his desires.

  • And he was an intelligent young man at that, and a sculptor of attainment, too.

    The Moonlit Way Robert W. Chambers
  • To the attainment of this higher knowledge the second education is directed.

    The Republic Plato
  • The single object kept in view by the committee was the attainment of the proposed end in the speediest manner possible.

British Dictionary definitions for attainment


an achievement or the act of achieving; accomplishment
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Word Origin and History for attainment

late 14c., "encroachment" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French ataignement (Modern French atteignement), from ataindre; see attain. Meaning "action of attaining" is from 1540s; sense of "that which is attained, personal accomplishment" dates from 1670s.

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