[uh-tey-nuh-buh l]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for attainable

Contemporary Examples of attainable

Historical Examples of attainable

  • 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.



  • 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