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[uh-vey-luh-buh l] /əˈveɪ lə bəl/
adjective
1.
suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand:
I used whatever tools were available.
2.
readily obtainable; accessible:
available resources.
3.
having sufficient power or efficacy; valid.
4.
Archaic. efficacious; profitable; advantageous.
Origin of available
late Middle English
1425-1475
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at avail, -able
Related forms
availability, availableness, noun
availably, adverb
interavailability, noun
interavailable, adjective
nonavailability, noun
unavailability, noun
unavailable, adjective
unavailableness, noun
unavailably, adverb
Synonyms
1. accessible, usable, handy.
Antonyms
1. unavailable.
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  • It had been broken off, and this means of egress was unavailable.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • If the photophore is unavailable, a hot-water bottle may be applied.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • I mailed it next day to the Knickerbocker, with stamps for return if unavailable.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Three more were unavailable while their damages were being slowly repaired.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • He has been abused about the western banks and the unavailable funds.

British Dictionary definitions for unavailable

unavailable

/ˌʌnəˈveɪləbəl/
adjective
1.
not obtainable or accessible: unavailable for comment

available

/əˈveɪləbəl/
adjective
1.
obtainable or accessible; capable of being made use of; at hand
2.
(US, politics, derogatory) suitable for public office, usually as a result of having an inoffensive character: Smith was a particularly available candidate
Derived Forms
availability, availableness, noun
availably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unavailable
adj.

1540s, "ineffectual," from un- (1) "not" + available. Meaning "incapable of being used" is recorded from 1855. Unavailing (1660s) has taken up the older sense of the word.

available

adj.

mid-15c., "beneficial," also "valid, effective, capable of producing the desired effect," from avail + -able. Meaning "at one's disposal, capable of being made use of" is recorded from 1827.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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