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[uh-tey-nuh-buh l] /əˈteɪ nə bəl/
capable of being attained.
Origin of attainable
First recorded in 1640-50; attain + -able
Related forms
attainability, attainableness, noun
nonattainability, noun
nonattainable, adjective
superattainable, adjective
superattainableness, noun
superattainably, adverb
unattainability, noun
unattainable, adjective
unattainableness, noun
unattainably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If this were not attainable, He would not have set so high a goal.

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • To him knowledge, if only attainable in this world, is of all things the most divine.

    Meno Plato
  • Trustworthy statistics relating to Mexico are not attainable.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • These results, however, are also attainable by flashes of genius, and not only by mere science.

  • A certain degree of attainable good must be kept before them.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
Word Origin and History for attainable

1640s; see attain + -able. Related: Attainability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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