un·​ob·​tain·​able | \ ˌən-əb-ˈtā-nə-bəl How to pronounce unobtainable (audio) , -äb- \

Definition of unobtainable

: not capable of being obtained : not available : not obtainable an unobtainable objective a gem so rare as to be virtually unobtainable

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First Known Use of unobtainable

1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Unobtainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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