capable of being attained.

1640–50; attain + -able

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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unattainable (ˌʌnəˈteɪnəbəl)
not achievable or accomplishable: an unattainable goal

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Word Origin & History

1662, from un- (1) "not" + attain + -able.

1640s, from attain + -able.
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Example sentences
Reading and educating ourselves are our tickets to many places that are
  unattainable by physical means.
Such technologies could open access to previously unattainable oil across the
It also means that many students who come from families without college
  experience feel that college is unattainable.
Pure objectivity not only is unattainable by humans qua humans but, also,
  countervails mankind's ultimate coping success.
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