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attainable

[uh-tey-nuh-buh l] /əˈteɪ nə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being attained.
Origin of attainable
1640-1650
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
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  • But these creations have an awing beauty; they keep an unattainable distance and height.

  • The distant, the unattainable, is all I think or care about!

  • Moderate as the sum was, it looked like unattainable wealth in her eyes.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • What shall be said of this beautiful woman, for whom men sigh as for the unattainable?

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • And you, who yesterday were so remote and unattainable, are so near and possible, so immediately possible.

    Theft Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for unattainable

unattainable

/ˌʌnəˈteɪnəbəl/
adjective
1.
not achievable or accomplishable: an unattainable goal
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Word Origin and History for unattainable
adj.

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + attainable.

attainable

adj.

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

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