Unattainability


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Unattainability

See also Impossibility.
Elixir of Life
fabulous potion conferring immortality. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 371]
Fountain of Youth
legendary fountain of eternal youth. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 432]
perpetual motion machine
machine operating of itself forever. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 823]
Philosopher’s Stone
substance supposed to convert base metal to gold. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 829]
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His sarcasm highlights the unattainability of such desire, as the reality of his sister's life on the reservation is the antithesis of any romance novel.
The world of the Inferno proves rather the unattainability of truth for fallen human nature and its fallen faculties.
The UN millennium goals are hopelessly lost in the maze of unattainability.
Further, given both the incalculably huge investment our society already has in institutions of higher education and the scale at which these institutions operate, it seems irresponsible to dismiss the possibility of significant, even quantum, improvements in outcomes without thoroughly proving their unattainability.
Though suppression of war memories is available temporarily, Appignanesi's novel seems to prove Ricoeur's (2004: 505) statement referring to the unattainability of "ars oblivion&" and thus postponing Whitehead's (2008: 156-157) proposal of "the art of forgetting" at least for the generation of Holocaust survivors and their children.
Having group members realize the unattainability of the thin beauty ideal and recognize the role of media can serve as buffers against the negative influences of these factors (Coughlin & Kalodner, 2006; Yamamiya, Cash, Melnyk, Posavac, & Posavac, 2005).
Its final section (alluded to above) meditates on the juxtaposition of the "still point" with our own concerns, and its apparent unattainability.
Thus, s/he confines his/her role to communicating (or, rather, failing to communicate) impossibilities and deplores or celebrates in an oracular way the unpresentability and unattainability of true ethics.
All setbacks and disappointments can thus be represented as rites of passage undergone by the traveler, legitimating, at the end, the narrator's epiphanic fatalism regarding the impossibility of return to the primitive and the unattainability of Paradise (Acosta 2004: 110).
In her argument for the Pearl-poet's indebtedness to Biblical form, Sarah Prior writes of Gawain and Pearl that "they are not genres of restoration and return, except potentially, and only in fallen human versions," and that "the sudden, heartbreaking end to the dreamer's dream in Pearl" emphasizes the unattainability of providence for mortals rather than the promise of redemption (Fayre Formez 16).
But the present unattainability of a risk endstate does not necessarily signal its social worthlessness; remediable distortions (such as the inability to internalize the benefits of offering an innovative arrangement) may instead be responsible.
in a moral are slowly bending toward justice, while the other believes in the unattainability of justice.