unattainable

adjective
un·​at·​tain·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈtā-nə-bəl How to pronounce unattainable (audio) \

Definition of unattainable

: not able to be accomplished or achieved : not attainable unattainable goals an unattainable ideal

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Other Words from unattainable

unattainability \ ˌən-​ə-​ˌtā-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unattainability (audio) \ noun
unattainably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈtā-​nə-​blē How to pronounce unattainably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unattainable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Retirement, for the majority of people, will be unattainable if nothing changes. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Rebuilding Retirement After the Pandemic," 19 May 2020 Both women have aspired to an unattainable ideal of biochemical purity. Emmeline Clein, Smithsonian Magazine, "Madame Yale Made a Fortune With the 19th Century’s Version of Goop," 20 Feb. 2020 Layoffs, furloughs and closed businesses have made traditional gifts and luxuries of any kind unattainable for many. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Mother's Day looks different this year. How these Kentuckians are still celebrating mom," 6 May 2020 But these videos always show elaborate ice moulds, unattainable ingredients like mugwort and edible flowers, and all sorts of serving tools that while beautiful, aren't entirely true to the idea of a home café. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "This Viral Coffee Recipe Is All Over TikTok," 8 Apr. 2020 Living well, like living hygienically, doesn’t require checking the boxes off a list of unattainable virtues — just ceaseless, vigilant attention to deceptively challenging commandments. Matt Winesett, National Review, "Camus’s Plague — and ours," 4 Apr. 2020 Under Democratic control, commissioners have held businesses to unattainable safety standards, punishing them even for freak accidents. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Defective Safety Squad," 1 Apr. 2018 The second and third goals became unattainable when both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were canceled because of the spread of the coronavirus. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How sweet it is: A look back at five memorable UW games in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament," 26 Mar. 2020 But these videos always show elaborate ice molds, unattainable ingredients like mugwort and edible flowers, and all sorts of serving tools that while beautiful, aren't entirely true to the idea of a home café. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "This Viral Coffee Recipe Is All Over TikTok," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unattainable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Unattainable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattainable. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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