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.
(2) Representation marks the object as always already in the past, alluding to something defined through its unattainability. Repetition, however, is about the moment of allusion.
While Mahmud, al-Iskandar, and Catherine embody the themes of quest, desire, and lack of fulfillment, Malika, Fiona, and Ni'ma, on the other hand, represent the object of desire and its unattainability or loss.
Drawing from the above, this reflective paper is premised on the unattainability of a unified, coherent argument for the future of psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in South Africa and the necessity of being critical of the extent to which psychoanalysis itself structures what it argues it should become in a kind of closed system (Parker, 2005).
conflicts, unattainability of the firm's focus, and interdivisional
Gautier's rehearsal of the unattainability of bodily truth in Mademoiselle de Maupin echoes Latouche's novel.
The tension between the desirability of the perfect-completion paradigm and its unattainability in the real world is a leitmotif throughout Some Thoughts.
Antonietta stops to gaze at a man's trench coat, shown from a low angle shot much as Caterina was seen from Carmine's point of view in Il cappotto, to enhance the feeling of overwhelming desirability and seeming unattainability. Antonietta states that she likes it with lots of buttons and belts and because it is sporty.
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. These are major hurdles and can only be surmounted if the nation is provided good leadership and a strategic direction for the future.
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.