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 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 Securing affordable, stable housing has long been unattainable in Minnesota for many low-wealth families, particularly households of color. John Wilgers, Star Tribune, "Pandemic or not, Minnesotans need a lifeline," 29 Dec. 2020 Shift your outlook and self-perception to understand that this is just a passing influence and not the truth. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): This isn’t a good time to be vague about your intentions or defend unattainable ideals. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 28, 2020: Aries, be ontime; Sagittarius, tread carefully around relationships," 28 Dec. 2020 Work-life balance has a stigma of being unattainable, says Bricia Lopez, co-owner of Los Angeles restaurant Guelaguetza and co-host of the Super Mamás podcast. Allison Pohle, WSJ, "How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance," 17 Dec. 2020 People have been diverting expenditure previously earmarked for now-unattainable things -- like holidays and meals in restaurants -- toward purchasing physical goods. Christian Wienberg, Bloomberg.com, "Freight Boom Fires Buffett Trains, Maersk Ships and Oil Prices," 23 Dec. 2020 Train Lane's 14 picks in 1952 seemingly represent one of the league's unattainable figures. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Several NFL records are in danger of falling in 2020 – Justin Herbert and Travis Kelce are poised to set a few," 17 Dec. 2020 Quince posits that high-quality staples shouldn’t be unattainable luxuries. Rachel King, Fortune, "Gift Guide: What to wear when working from home," 2 Nov. 2020 Some smart home tech might seem unattainable, but can actually be quite affordable. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "25 perfect gifts that look more expensive than they actually are," 3 Dec. 2020 The program’s creator, Patrick Juola, has told me that the usually unattainable ideal is for one author to show up as JGAAP’s first choice in every run. Paul Collins, The New Yorker, "A Quest to Discover America’s First Science-Fiction Writer," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unattainable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Unattainable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattainable. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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