unobtainable

adjective
un·​ob·​tain·​able | \ˌən-əb-ˈtā-nə-bəl, -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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But for now, humans will be necessary to integrate this knowledge into useful chemistry, recognizing when deploying any new or efficient reactions may make a previously inefficient process or unobtainable product easier to work with. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AI plus a chemistry robot finds all the reactions that will work," 18 July 2018 But using leverage to gain something that otherwise would be unobtainable is not uncommon. Dan Walters, SFChronicle.com, "Genteel extortion cancels 3 California ballot measures," 3 July 2018 But like those two widely respected men, Adams, even at 70, is forever seeking unobtainable perfection, forever teaching. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Former Bulls assistant Ron Adams is the 'truth teller' on Steve Kerr's Warriors staff," 2 June 2018 Ruth’s record seemed more unobtainable with each strikeout and pop-up. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘A Season in the Sun’ Review: Those Weren’t the Days," 12 Apr. 2018 Taken as a whole, Honda's Civic Type R is a giant middle finger to the unobtainable Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "America finally gets Honda’s best: The 2018 Civic Type R," 22 Jan. 2018 This year, Melbourne’s median house price hit a record-breaking AU$826,000 (almost $650,000), confirming that homeownership is officially unobtainable for almost everyone. Jennifer Neal, The Root, "For Those Considering Blaxit, I Present to You: Melbourne (Yes, Australia)," 18 July 2017 Firearms are largely unobtainable for ordinary Chinese, and such attacks are more often carried out with knives or homemade explosives. Bloomberg.com, "Two Killed, Nine Hurt in Cleaver Attack At Chinese Walmart Store," 17 July 2017 College seemed unobtainable, so Beaver worked in fast-food restaurants, working his way up to manager. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Kingdom job brings joy, if not riches, for longtime Disney employee," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of unobtainable

1653, in the meaning defined above

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