non·​achieve·​ment | \ ˌnän-ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce nonachievement (audio) \

Definition of nonachievement

: lack of achievement : failure to achieve a desired end or aim reflecting on one's achievements and nonachievements The reasons for partial or nonachievement of planned goals are provided without excuse or blame.— Joan Gratto Liebler and Charles R. McConnell

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Recent Examples on the Web Where some purists see an arbitrary nonachievement, others see a fun and worthy goal. Jon Gluck, New York Times, "Off Belize, a Hunt for Saltwater Fly-Fishing’s Top Prizes," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of nonachievement

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonachievement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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