Definition of unobtainable in US English:

unobtainable

adjective

  • Not able to be obtained.

    • ‘For many young people who feel trapped on an endless treadmill of dreary short-term jobs, interspersed with spells of unemployment, this seems like an increasingly unobtainable dream.’
    • ‘It was published in 1937 so is probably unobtainable now (though you could try abebooks), but it was a marvellous autobiography by a man who edited pulp magazines.’
    • ‘Twentieth-century bonbons and sweets made in France include numerous skilfully marketed regional specialities, traditional or modern, unobtainable anywhere else.’
    • ‘We know that the targets are challenging but we have no reason to think that they are unobtainable.’
    • ‘That would mean that a majority of senators could establish a new rule allowing debate to be shut off with only a simple majority, not the usual and nearly unobtainable sixty-four votes.’
    • ‘Tea has stayed with me as a drug of choice where others have palled or become unobtainable.’
    • ‘The novel is not about a quest to find this rare, priceless artefact, but about the emotional fall-out from suddenly fulfilling a dream, an unobtainable dream which he has used to insulate and protect himself.’
    • ‘They grow well enough in several states but are unobtainable in Washington.’
    • ‘Some things are just plain unobtainable: it's impossible, for example, to find blue fountain pen ink in the standard cartridges around here.’
    • ‘Then I found their phone number was unobtainable and they didn't return my emails and now my fears have been confirmed.’
    • ‘You can whine all you want about the way men treat you (usually, like dirt), but it's the challenge of obtaining the unobtainable that thrills you.’
    • ‘My mission was to explain this with baffling technical jargon and pie charts - mmmm, pies - while Stella's role was to talk money and promise unobtainable IT related happiness.’
    • ‘But there seems no reason why this scheme should not work and provide an otherwise unobtainable massive injection of resources for a financially hard-hit National Health Service.’
    • ‘He travelled 400 miles from Tokyo carrying rations for seven meals - food is almost unobtainable in Japan - a black umbrella, and a typewriter.’
    • ‘And when they are, they're entirely unobtainable - and it's hard to convince a man that you're the girl of his dreams while tearing his ticket…’
    • ‘The call is diverted, the number unobtainable, the voice at the end of the line is not the person in charge.’
    • ‘They were so sexy and unobtainable that leading royals and The Beatles begged for them.’
    • ‘His website is still up and running, but his telephone number is unobtainable.’
    • ‘It's an unobtainable dream world that some feel safe in and like to escape to.’
    • ‘For want of insights and data often unobtainable from the corporate media, the public opinion vital to US democracy has trouble remaining vigorous and informed.’
    unattainable, unachievable, hopeless, impractical, implausible, far-fetched, impracticable, unworkable
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Pronunciation

unobtainable

/ˌənəbˈtānəb(ə)l//ˌənəbˈteɪnəb(ə)l/