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

Other Words from unattainable

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

Examples of unattainable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the immediate present, her happiness is unattainable, and that’s a rather bold and risky note to leave a superhero on. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2022 Companies are more likely to set bold targets that are unattainable and then fail and lose momentum. Daryl Brewster, Fortune, 5 May 2022 At between three and five hours in duration, this operation is entirely unknown in mass production, creating an intensity the company says is unattainable elsewhere in the automotive industry. Josh Max, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Particularly in the last year, things might have felt unattainable at first. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 Like would-be gawkers riding past Bel-Air estates, characters and readers alike are left desperate to know what unattainable riches lie beyond. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 For these communities, sneakers—something most of us take for granted—are an unattainable luxury. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2022 In Joe Wright’s musical adaptation of the mistaken-identity romance set in 17th century France, the rhapsodist soldier (Peter Dinklage) readies for war with Spain and pines for the unattainable Roxanne (Haley Bennett). Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Santizo began her educational career convinced that graduating from SLCC was an unattainable goal. Amie Schaeffer, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unattainable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Unattainable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattainable. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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