un·​at·​tain·​able ˌən-ə-ˈtā-nə-bəl How to pronounce unattainable (audio)
: not able to be accomplished or achieved : not attainable
unattainable goals
an unattainable ideal
unattainability noun
unattainably adverb

Examples of unattainable in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unattainable was in 1662

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“Unattainable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattainable. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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