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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Recent Examples on the Web Something so normal has felt so unobtainable for too long. Jhodie-ann Williams, CNN, "What we can't wait to do when the pandemic is over," 13 Apr. 2021 Though the actress has long been the be-all and end-all fitness inspiration for women across the globe, Berry no longer wants her lifestyle to be deemed unobtainable for the average, everyday woman. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Halle Berry's Key to Self-Confidence Is to Simply "Not Give a F**k"," 3 Mar. 2021 As leftovers from the formation of the solar system, asteroids are emissaries from the darkest depths of our history, carrying otherwise unobtainable data about events that predate Earth's geologic record by hundreds of millions of years. Dante S. Lauretta, Scientific American, "To Bennu and Back," 1 Aug. 2016 The partnership established a goal of seeing 75% of homeowners with whole home retrofits by 2025, a number unobtainable without the addition of inclusive financing, Havey said. Star Tribune, "Minneapolis seeks Pay As You Save energy efficiency program," 23 Aug. 2020 Even basic hygiene products such as hand sanitizer were unobtainable in Mandalay, Kyaw Oo said. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 6 Apr. 2020 But the ackee and saltfish is unique Insert the common lament that fresh ackee and saltfish is unobtainable in the United States, due to the FDA’s ban on Jamaica’s national fruit. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "South Phoenix has a new destination for Jamaican food. Here's what on the Island Vybz menu," 24 Feb. 2020 This is reality for many people struggling with a parent, sibling, or other relative suffering from chronic illness, and when paired with the unfortunate reality of being undocumented, receiving medical care becomes a distant, unobtainable dream. Denisce Palacios, Teen Vogue, "2020 Candidates Are Failing to Connect With Latinx Voters," 24 Feb. 2020 For the first time this season, Xavier went on the road and proved that putting together 40 minutes of toughness isn't unobtainable. Adam Baum,, "From slump to star: Tyrique Jones comes alive in Xavier basketball's road win at TCU," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unobtainable

1653, in the meaning defined above

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18 Apr 2021

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“Unobtainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unobtainable

: not possible to get or achieve

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