un·​ob·​tain·​able ˌən-əb-ˈtā-nə-bəl How to pronounce unobtainable (audio)
: not capable of being obtained : not available : not obtainable
an unobtainable objective
a gem so rare as to be virtually unobtainable

Examples of unobtainable in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unobtainable was in 1653

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“Unobtainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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