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Acquirement vs Acquisition vs Attainment vs Accomplishment

Acquirement, acquisition, attainment and accomplishment all mean a power or skill won through exertion or effort.

What’s the difference?

Acquirement suggests the result of continued endeavor to cultivate oneself.

  • The acquirement of experience is not easy.

Acquisition stresses the effort involved and the inherent value of what is gained.

  • Language acquisition (= learning a language without being taught) starts at a very young age.

Attainment implies a distinguished achievement (in the arts or sciences) and suggests fully developed talents.

  • A six-year-old child with such an amazing attainment! It is indeed something rare and deserving praise.

Accomplishment implies a socially useful skill.

  • Drawing and singing were among her many accomplishments.