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 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 But an IndyCar is on another level of difficulty—open wheel, single-seat, and with an unobtainable engine that that's actually a piece of the chassis itself. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "One Man's Quest To Make a Street-Legal IndyCar," 20 Oct. 2019 The first was Tom Ford, a designer whose runways are routinely filled with near-unobtainable glamour. Los Angeles Times, "New York Fashion Week: 5 spring and summer 2020 trends you should know about," 13 Sep. 2019 The push-and-pull between Yanis and everyone else, including his own boss, occupies most of the movie, growing increasingly Kafkaesque as a real solution appears just around the corner and then suddenly becomes unobtainable. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Adults in the Room': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 After sodium thiopental became unobtainable, states began experimenting with alternatives. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 Certain motifs on some of the objects are not Egyptian, and the presence of silver—unobtainable in Egypt—suggests extensive trade with Greece or kingdoms in Anatolia. Irene Cordón, National Geographic, "How Egypt’s ancient city of divine cats was rediscovered," 7 May 2019 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,, "Genteel extortion cancels 3 California ballot measures," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of unobtainable

1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Unobtainable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unobtainable

: not possible to get or achieve

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