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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unachievable impossible to achieve "an unattainable goal"
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unachievable un-a-chēv′a-bl not achievable.
    • ***


In literature:

And he walked out slowly, with his thanks unachieved.
"The Virginian" by Owen Wister
He who has made it is looked up to as an authority, and it remains with many the unachieved ambition of their lives.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
He did return and then vanished, leaving those purposes unachieved.
"The Vanishing Man" by R. Austin Freeman
The exploit in which no one will consent to go first, remains unachieved.
"On Compromise" by John Morley
Was my long quest at an end with my object unachieved?
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
Everything is possible with him; the unachievable he can achieve.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
O tiger among men, the wise speak of thee, saying, O Madhava, 'There is nothing unachievable by Satyaki.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
They rolled homeward, and Ermentrude suffered from a desperate sense of the unachieved.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Not that he ever repented his past deeds or thought his plans unachievable.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
In all things he loved the perilous or the unachievable.
"One of Cleopatra's Nights and Other Fantastic Romances" by Thophile Gautier

In news:

President Bush's goal of cutting in half a projected $500 billion federal deficit within five years is being dismissed as too timid by conservatives, unachievable by analysts and laughable by Democrats.
Here are eight books that make you long for a bewitching yet unachievable romance right from page one.
Father's Day is this Sunday and unlike Mother's Day my husband's expectations are very low-key compared to my "high, unknown, and unachievable" expectations (as stated by Rob).
Israel's Dresden Not Unachievable in Gaza.
The hand-built AT5040 side-address condenser employs four rectangular diaphragms measuring 2 microns each that function together, providing a combined surface area that is said to be unachievable in a standard round diaphragm.
But what if that hoped-for positive outcome remains unachievable.

In science:

The main conclusion of those papers is that, in symmetric calculi (like λµ ˜µ and X ) it is inevitable that intersection and union are truly dual, and that the very nature of those calculi makes a sound and complete system unachievable.
Sound and Complete Typing for lambda-mu
The word direct is very important here: quantum phenomena are not used to make possible classical communication and computation schemes, but rather to construct new schemes of an essentially quantum nature, which employ the paradoxical nature of the quantum realm, to achieve tasks unachievable by classical means.
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
What Heidegger, Pirsig and Bohm are telling us is that this approach may be wrong from the outset and ultimately unachievable in the long term. A single ontology to describe the whole of reality is not something that exists.
Multi-Connected Ontologies