[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 unattainability

Historical Examples of unattainability

  • Then Westmore had deepened, as it always did, the impression of unattainability that Judith gave.

    Nobody's Child

    Elizabeth Dejeans

  • Craig, eyeing his bride covertly, had a sense of her remoteness, her unattainability.

  • To a woman there is no subtler flattery than a man's dumb acknowledgement of her unattainability.

Word Origin and History for unattainability



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper