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 Barbie, which turned 60 this year, has long been criticized for setting unattainable beauty standards for young girls. The Christian Science Monitor, "the universal influence of Mister Rogers," 21 Nov. 2019 Nearly three-quarters have gotten no payment; a previous examination by the Orlando Sentinel found SGL often imposes an unattainable standard of proof. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "I-4 Ultimate: Delays, overruns and deaths plague project," 23 Oct. 2019 And then there was the one branching path toward serenity: Old man Morty, dying in the company of unattainable Jessica (Kari Wahlgren) declaring her love. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Rick and Morty season 4 premieres with a thrilling multiversal time-twister," 11 Nov. 2019 Their targets remain ambitious, if perhaps unattainable, including John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "A Divided House Endorses Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump," 31 Oct. 2019 Lockheed Martin wants to get the cost per hour to $25,000 by 2025, but the Pentagon believes that number may be unattainable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35 Is Cheap To Buy (But Not To Fly)," 30 Oct. 2019 The best Ikea hacks have always seemed kind of unattainable, though—few people have that kind of skill (or time!). Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Shop for Ikea Hacks in a Real Brick-and-Mortar Showroom," 23 Aug. 2019 Critics say having an essentially unattainable goal on the books prevents city leaders from having an honest conversation with the public about library funding. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego library funding policy more about ambitions than reality," 13 July 2019 Parts are difficult to find or unattainable for many limited-production classic cars, let alone for the only car of its kind in existence. Dennis L Taylor, The Mercury News, "Rare Lamborghini turns heads at Pebble Beach’s Tour d’Elegance," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unattainable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Unattainable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattainable. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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