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

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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

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Canada committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, which is likely unattainable if Canada goes through with the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "12 Activists Blocked an Oil Tanker Transporting From the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in Canada," 6 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Instagram, which Facebook owns, has become the site of celebrity and influencer sponsored content mills, which have been criticized for presenting unattainable and unrealistic beauty and lifestyle ideals. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Will Facebook and Instagram's New Time Limit Tools Actually Work?," 1 Aug. 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency last year proposed relaxing Obama-era fuel-economy standards that auto makers say are unattainable given current technology and consumer demand. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Lyft and the Left," 19 Feb. 2019 From this three-minute video alone, her lifestyle certainly seemed unattainable. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's $25 Fashion Nova Bodysuit Is My Favorite Friday Find," 17 Aug. 2018 The search for a beauty holy grail is a group effort, and that’s part of the joy The modern concept of an unattainable object of desire and mystery has been around in collector communities long before the internet existed. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unattainable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unattainable was in 1662

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