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Attainment is a member of the word family attain, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun attainment

What does attainment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: attainments

  1. the act of achieving an aim
    • example: the attainment of independence
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: accomplishment / achievement = the action of accomplishing something
    • more specific terms:
      • record = an extreme attainment
      • success = an attainment that is successful
      • course credit / credit = recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed
      • rise to power / accession = the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position
  2. arrival at a new stage
    • example: his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: arrival / reaching = accomplishment of an objective
  3. an ability that has been acquired by training

Alternative definition of the noun attainment


  1. The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; the act of obtaining by exertion or effort.
  2. That which is attained, or obtained by exertion; acquisition; acquirement.


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Google previewDevelopment, Selection, and Pilot Demonstration of Preliminary Environmental Indicators for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Program

Use attainment is a term which describes the degree to which environmental indicators are either above or below...

Threatened attainment means that the indices are meeting the biocriteria, but are close to falling below the line of acceptance.

Google previewAchieving Anew (2009)

How New Immigrants Do in American Schools, Jobs, and Neighborhoods by Michael J. White, Jennifer E. Glick

FOR THE individual, educational attainment is a key determinant of future economic mobility in the United States (Becker and Tomes 1986; Blau and Duncan 1967). Certainly, our conventional American dream is predicated, in part, on the ...

Google previewUN Millennium Development Library: Toward Universal Primary Education (2013)

"Investments, Incentives and Institutions" by UN Millennium Project

In some countries the main reason for low educational attainment is that children do not enroll in school countries (Bruns, Mingat, and Rakotomalala 2003). In India, for example, ...

Google previewSport and Social Mobility (2011)

Crossing Boundaries by Ramón Spaaij

Educational attainment is a fundamental basis for upward social mobility in capitalist societies. The importance of education, however, is not limited to formal schooling but also includes lifelong informal learning (e.g. Field 2005).

Google previewThe Radical Reader (2011)

A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition by Timothy McCarthy, John McMillian

Its highest attainment is the reduction of mankind to clockwork. In its atmosphere all those finer and more delicate liberties, which require treatment and spacious expansion, inevitably dry up and perish. The State requires a taxpaying machine ...

Google previewViral Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Advances in Research and Treatment: 2011 Edition (2012)


“Educational attainment is a common measure of socioeconomic position in HIV datasets from Africa. Several studies have shown higher HIV prevalence among more educated groups, but this may change over time. We describe changes in ...

Google previewDeleuze, The Dark Precursor (2012)

Dialectic, Structure, Being by Eleanor Kaufman

The ultimate attainment is an empty and pure form, which is also a pure order, and with that, static. Time at its most radical is divorced from movement and is static. As we proceed, then, through the Deleuzian syntheses of time, we ascend to ...

Google previewThe Politics of Public Health in the United States (2004)

by Kant Patel, Mark E. Rushefsky

Overall health system attainment is a composite measurement ...

Google previewEntry and persistence of women and minorities in college science and engineering education

The financial aid provided by schools and underrepresented minority students' attainment is a key policy concern. The variable on financial aid received is binary, coded 1 for respondents who reported receiving any grant or loan during the ...

Google previewSufi Narratives of Intimacy (2012)

Ibn 'Arabī, Gender, and Sexuality by Sa'diyya Shaikh

Ibn ʿArabī's view that women had access to this exalted level of spiritual attainment is an important assertion of female ontological capacity. Nonetheless, these assertions were still contained, constrained, and constructed within an ...

Google previewCreating the Conditions for Teaching and Learning (2013)

A Handbook of Staff Development Activities by David Hopkins, Alma Harris

Research has shown thatstudentslearn how to attain concepts through practice, and concept attainment is an important means of providing such practice. The more students practise manipulating and pre- empting concepts,the more effectively ...

Google previewThe Social Organization of Schools (2013)

New Conceptualizations of the Learning Process by Maureen T. Hallinan

Thus, both for symbolic reasons and because these tests define the curriculum as taught, minimum competency attainment is a limited goal for school improvement. If we enlarge our view of school improvement to include raising standards for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

attainment. Introduced in 1981, Imogene King's theory focused on individuals as personal systems, two or more individuals as interpersonal systems, and organized boundary systems that regulate roles, behaviors, values, and roles as social ...

Google previewA Critical Dictionary of Sociology (2002)

by Raymond Boudon, Francois Bourricaud

In order to establish a causal relationship, we will try to show that the characteristic 'disadvantaged family background' leads to the appearance of the characteristic 'low educational attainment'. 0In a case like this we would create a sample of ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology (2013)

by Jens Beckert, Milan Zafirovski

Religion and status attainment In the latter half of the twentieth century, research began to focus on the individual level relationships between religion and status attainment. Gerhard Lenski's Religious Factor spurred considerable research and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research (2017)

by Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP

ATTAINMENT. Introduced in 1981, Imogene King's theory focused on individuals as personal systems, two or more individuals as interpersonal systems, and organized boundary systems that regulate roles, behaviors, values, and roles as ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sociology (2009)

by John Scott, Gordon Marshall

status attainment The position of (for example) university professor, doctor, or auto-mechanic is usually gained via competitive examination, followed by successful entry into the job-market. It is conventional to contrast achieved status with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Society (2005)

by Gerald D. Jaynes

See also Educational Attainment; Tuskegee Airmen; Tuskegee Institute; Washington, Booker T. Further Reading Scott, Emmett J., and Lyman Beecher Stowe. Booker T. Washington, Builder of a Civilization. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1916.

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Quotes about Attainment

It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment. (Saint Bernard)
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Scrabble value of A1T1T1A1I1N1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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