verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- obstructive jaundice,
- obstructive murmur,
- obstructive thrombus,
- obtaining by deception,
Origin of obtain
Examples from the Web for unobtainable
But that just made Summer more enticing, an unobtainable Beau Ideal.
With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can be an unobtainable image that's dangerously unhealthy.Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez's PDA-Filled Holiday; Emma Watson Talks Pressures of Fashion Industry|The Fashion Beast Team|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dr. Warren had seen the change wrought, and had noted evidences that money was not unobtainable.Emily Fox-Seton|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Doctors and chemists were unobtainable, and soldiers were dying every day.The Luck of Thirteen|Jan Gordon
With Hamilton and the Federals in control of the Legislature, new bank charters were unobtainable.Bank of the Manhattan Company|Anonymous
It must not be supposed, however, that because the publishers have stopped doing this, such books are unobtainable.
The coast is absolutely rainless and water is unobtainable by wells.Journeys and Experiences in Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile|Henry Stephens
Word Origin for obtain
early 15c., from Middle French obtenir "acquire, obtain" (14c.), from Latin obtinere "hold, hold fast, take hold of, get possession of, acquire," from ob "to" (though perhaps intensive in this case; see ob-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Obtained; obtaining.