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attainable

[uh-tey-nuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being attained.

Origin of attainable

First recorded in 1640–50; attain + -able
Related formsat·tain·a·bil·i·ty, at·tain·a·ble·ness, nounnon·at·tain·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·at·tain·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·at·tain·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·at·tain·a·ble·ness, nounsu·per·at·tain·a·bly, adverbun·at·tain·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·at·tain·a·ble, adjectiveun·at·tain·a·ble·ness, nounun·at·tain·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unattainable

unattainable

adjective
  1. not achievable or accomplishablean unattainable goal
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Word Origin and History for unattainable

adj.

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + attainable.

attainable

adj.

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

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