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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A personal philosophy is something which all people have nomatterwhat their background, class, or educational attainment.
▪ We have already seen that output cognition is closely related to level of educational attainment and socioeconomic Position.
▪ As well as such differences in educational attainment, there are differences in the characteristic linguistic behaviour of various groups.
▪ Even the lag in educational attainment that continued to mount from the late 1970s did not account for the differences.
▪ Their educational attainment was also being affected because their rooms were too cold to study in.
▪ Among those with lower educational attainment the national differences are greater.
▪ Nor have there been many recent sample-survey investigations of the relationship between social class and educational attainment.
▪ Both talking politics and feeling relatively unrestricted about with whom one can safely discuss politics are closely related to educational attainment.
▪ These are also the areas with high infant mortality rates, child accidents, morbidity rates and low school attainment rates.
▪ Among those with lower educational attainment the national differences are greater.
▪ We wonder what attainment level of today's national curriculum one needs to reach before spotting that these are howlers.
▪ Monitor Appropriate Indicators At this stage mechanisms for collecting information about attainment levels need to be designed and implemented.
▪ In earlier times the former had been underachieving educationally whereas the latter are now near the peak of their attainment level.
▪ Pupils with physical disabilities Pupils with physical disabilities should in general have the same attainment targets and programmes of study as their peers.
▪ All of the attainment targets can be assessed at various levels, with corresponding programmes of study leading towards them.
▪ Good historical practice will usually ensure that the attainment targets are covered many times over in the course of the work.
▪ On several occasions we spent weekends working furiously hard in small groups at drafts of attainment targets and programmes of study.
▪ For each attainment target we have recommended statements of attainment and programmes of study at up to 10 levels.
▪ The process demands simpler information than a collection of attainment target scores.
▪ This simplification is achieved through the aggregation of attainment target assessments into profile components, and into results on each subject.
▪ Moral reasoning similarly reaches full development with the attainment of formal operations.
▪ The South East is the leading region in terms of the educational qualifications of its work force and the level of school attainment.
▪ Their educational attainment was also being affected because their rooms were too cold to study in.
▪ They were men and women of attainment and style.
▪ Thus, the whole question of the attainment of metanoia revolves around receiving and registering impressions in a new way.
▪ With the attainment of concrete operations, the ability to reason logically about and solve conservation problems emerges.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Attainment \At*tain"ment\, n.

  1. The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; hence, the act of obtaining by efforts.

    The attainment of every desired object.
    --Sir W. Jones.

  2. That which is attained to, or obtained by exertion; acquirement; acquisition; (pl.), mental acquirements; knowledge; as, literary and scientific attainments.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "encroachment" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French ataignement (Modern French atteignement), from ataindre; see attain. Meaning "action of attaining" is from 1540s; sense of "that which is attained, personal accomplishment" dates from 1670s.


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

  1. n. the act of achieving an aim; "the attainment of independence"

  2. arrival at a new stage; "his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition"

  3. an ability that has been acquired by training [syn: skill, accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition]

Usage examples of "attainment".

Almighty enable you to lend a fresh and unprecedented impetus to the onward march of the Faith, revive the spirit of its supporters, enlarge its limits, multiply its local institutions, consolidate its foundations, safeguard its rights, spread abroad its fame, and aid its followers to discharge befittingly their responsibilities, and concentrate on the attainment of the objectives of the Ten-Year Plan, on which the immediate destiny of the entire community depends.

For if that which is shameful, be not the only true evil that is, thou also wilt be driven whilest thou doest follow the common instinct of nature, to avoid that which is evil, to commit many unjust things, and to become a thief, and anything, that will make to the attainment of thy intended worldly ends.

Her pride, not of family, but of personal attainments and consciousness of her power to rise above her station, precluded any romantic thought of Edd Denmeade.

In the educative process, however, as previously exemplified, we find that the child is not a slave to the passing transient impressions of the present, but is able to secure a control over his experience which enables him to set up intelligent aims, devise plans for their attainment, and apply these plans in gaining the end desired.

It is undisputed, however, that the influence of Thine attraction hath everlastingly been inherent in the realities of Thy handiwork, although that which beseemeth the hallowed court of Thy providence is exalted beyond the attainment of the entire creation.

In the grasp of the import of this conception lies the attainment of the vitality of the haiku that Shiki possessed.

Tarwater thus crouched, and, like his remote forebear, the child-man, went to myth-making, and sun-heroizing, himself hero-maker and the hero in quest of the immemorable treasure difficult of attainment.

It may be objected that our will towards living and towards expressive activity is constant, and that each attainment of such expression is an increase in Happiness.

When he did, he objected to the motion as dangerous, on account of the information it would convey to our enemies, and as tending to retard the attainment of peace, which he said was now the wish on both sides of the house.

First and last, it has laid down a great variety of qualifications, depending on citizenship, residence, professional attainments, occupational experience, age, race, property, sound habits, and so on.

Attainment of reproductive maturity is signaled in both human sexes by the growth of pubic and axillary hair.

Rome and America in search of spiritual solation or material attainment.

I have elsewhere expressed the opinion that, even if their ideals are beyond present possibility of attainment, the constant, persistent, and unwearied protest of these societies against the cruelties and abuses of vivisection have helped, more than anything else, to keep the question a living issue.

But if loanation of ship could be made, would be well-wishing with a wengeance and impressive sign of attainment of minimumnal socialization.

Quietism, to the attainment of a Nirvana apart from and antithetical to the world of appearances.