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  1. an act of attaining.
  2. something attained; a personal acquirement; achievement.
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Origin of attainment

First recorded in 1350–1400, attainment is from the Middle English word attenement. See attain, -ment
Related formsnon·at·tain·ment, noun, adjectivere·at·tain·ment, noun

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Related Words for attainment

fulfillment, realization, arrival, completion, acquirement, winning, procurement, finish, feat, acquisition, gaining, obtaining, reaping, succeeding

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


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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