un·at·tain·able | \ˌən-ə-ˈtā-nə-bəl \

Definition of unattainable 

: not able to be accomplished or achieved : not attainable unattainable goals an unattainable ideal

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unattainability \ˌən-ə-ˌtā-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
unattainably \ˌən-ə-ˈtā-nə-blē \ adverb

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In New York City, for example, with more than 52,000 listings, Airbnb critics, including the city comptroller’s office, have argued that the company has forced rents and home prices to climb at a time when affordable housing is already unattainable. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "Collingswood begins shutting down Airbnbs, as cities and towns worldwide struggle to regulate it," 27 June 2018 The last goal seems almost ludicrously unattainable: China’s men’s team languishes at No. New York Times, "China Won’t Play in This World Cup. It Still Hopes to Profit.," 30 May 2018 Lucy longs for what is unattainable in life and so is drawn to the soothing darkness of death. Cathleen Schine, New York Times, "The Merman of Her Dreams," 12 June 2018 That means the issue of independence is likely to remain at the forefront of Catalan politics in the future, even if an independent Catalonia remains unattainable in the eyes of many Spaniards. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Detention of Catalonia’s Former Leader Caps Haphazard Week for Separatists," 25 Mar. 2018 Noah is Sixteen Candle's seemingly unattainable popular guy Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Rom-Com Renaissance Is Here Thanks To Netflix," 22 June 2018 Instead of being an elitist, unattainable dream reflecting colonial values, in the future luxury could also include respect for human rights and environmental values. Celine Semaan, The Cut, "Understanding Sustainability Means Talking About Colonialism," 7 Feb. 2018 That would require $28 million, a figure unattainable overnight, Wilkinson acknowledged, but one that can be reached within the next three to four years. Christian Boone, ajc, "Atlanta police pay lags behind other metro cities, study says," 13 July 2018 Her goal seemed unattainable, with the odds stacked against her. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "This Harvard Law student took one of her finals while in labor last year. In May, she graduated," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of unattainable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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