Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Impossible to achieve or attain: an unachievable goal.

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  • adj. That cannot be achieved (or only with great difficulty)

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  • adj. impossible to achieve

Etymologies

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un- +‎ achievable

Examples

  • Nine years after the Army's requirement for a new fleet of medium-weight vehicles was identified in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review, the Commons defence committee warns that it may simply be "unachievable".

    Army vehicle plan 'unachievable'

  • After its revelation in August that the government had been advised that the EU target of 20 percent renewables by 2020 was "unachievable", The Guardian is back on the case claiming that the government is planning to abandon this target.

    Does he speak with forked tongue?

  • Much like President Bush's Kyoto alternative and inaptly named "Clear Skies Initiative," Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's proposed Clean Air Act is filled with industry incentives, lax timetables, and no mention of the Kyoto commitments-something Environment Minister Rona Ambrose deemed "unachievable" in September.

    Canada's Commitment to Failure

  • International Monetary Fund, which they said impose "unachievable" austerity conditions in exchange for aid.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Earlier, land affairs director general Geoff Budlender told the finance portfolio committee, which is holding the hearings, that it would be "unachievable" to impose a rural land tax in tribal or communal areas.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A key Home Office target of dealing with 90% of asylum applications within six months is "unachievable", an independent watchdog has warned.

    Rocket News

  • "Our strategy to reduce maternal death," Dr. Gülmezoglu says, "is to train health workers, and to get more [women] to go to hospitals" - a goal that Dr. Potts considers "unachievable" in poor areas.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Bhattacharyya said the 435 million tonne production target of Coal India for 2009-10 appears "unachievable" due to delays in starting operations in several mines.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Underlying some discussions of the applications of nanotechnology have been notional scenarios that fall into the "unachievable" category, e.g., concerns about self-replicating abiotic molecular assemblers and calls for international treaties limiting their production and use.

    Web Edition | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

  • Evan Snyder of the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California, an adviser to the FDA on stem cells, says that the FDA may, justifiably, demand an "unachievable" level of assurance over the safety of stem cells.

    New Scientist - Online News

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