un·​at·​tain·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈtā-nə-bəl \

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 \ noun
unattainably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈtā-​nə-​blē \ adverb

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Sometimes, celebrities' fashion can be so fabulous, yet so unattainable. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez's Cute AF Top Can Be Yours for $15," 2 Aug. 2018 What Sixteen Candles is selling is the dream of the unattainable guy falling in love with the everygirl. Constance Grady, Vox, "The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles," 27 Sep. 2018 These imperishable readings document standards of singing and operatic orchestral performance unattainable today. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "‘Opera as Opera' Review: The Life in a Dead Art Form," 23 Aug. 2018 Because New York Fashion Week, in all of its unapproachable, unattainable glory, has resurrected the claw clip, making it a completely wearable, incredibly exciting trend that’s about to infiltrate your Insta feeds for the entirety of 2018. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Biggest Trend from New York Fashion Week: Your Mother's 1990s Claw Clip," 12 Feb. 2018 In New York City, for example, with more than 52,000 listings, Airbnb critics, including the city comptroller’s office, have argued that the company has forced rents and home prices to climb at a time when affordable housing is already unattainable. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "Collingswood begins shutting down Airbnbs, as cities and towns worldwide struggle to regulate it," 27 June 2018 The last goal seems almost ludicrously unattainable: China’s men’s team languishes at No. New York Times, "China Won’t Play in This World Cup. It Still Hopes to Profit.," 30 May 2018 Lucy longs for what is unattainable in life and so is drawn to the soothing darkness of death. Cathleen Schine, New York Times, "The Merman of Her Dreams," 12 June 2018 That means the issue of independence is likely to remain at the forefront of Catalan politics in the future, even if an independent Catalonia remains unattainable in the eyes of many Spaniards. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Detention of Catalonia’s Former Leader Caps Haphazard Week for Separatists," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unattainable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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