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attainment

[uh-teyn-muh nt] /əˈteɪn mənt/
noun
1.
an act of attaining.
2.
something attained; a personal acquirement; achievement.
Origin of attainment
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English attenement. See attain, -ment
Related forms
nonattainment, noun, adjective
reattainment, noun
Synonyms
2. accomplishment.
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  • In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means.

  • But with the attainment of High School and Mr. Hilton the world changed.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • The desire not to be is the breaking of the great wheel of birth and re-birth, and the attainment of Nirvana.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • It is subject to approved methods of attainment and realization.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In every department of learning, a man, in order to attainment, must make up his mind to it.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • But there is hardly a power or an attainment of any kind which a minister cannot use in his work.

  • And he was an intelligent young man at that, and a sculptor of attainment, too.

    The Moonlit Way Robert W. Chambers
  • Death is necessary to the attainment of the fulness of life.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • The single object kept in view by the committee was the attainment of the proposed end in the speediest manner possible.

British Dictionary definitions for attainment

attainment

/əˈteɪnmənt/
noun
1.
an achievement or the act of achieving; accomplishment
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Word Origin and History for attainment
n.

late 14c., "encroachment" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French ataignement (Modern French atteignement), from ataindre; see attain. Meaning "action of attaining" is from 1540s; sense of "that which is attained, personal accomplishment" dates from 1670s.

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